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Dictionary of Thoughts 

A Cyclopedia of Quotations 

From the Best Authors of the World, 

Both Ancient and Modern, 
Alphabetically Arranged by Subjects 




A great thought is a great boon, for which 
God is to be first thanlced, then he who is the 
first to utter it, and then, in a lesser, but still 
in a considerable degree, the man who is the 
first to quote it to us. — Bovee. 



Copyright, 1927, by 




United States of America 


There have been available many Dictionaries of Words. Only one 
Dictionary of Thoughts has been compiled to our knowledge. Such 
a gathering of the condensed and striking thoughts of the world's best 
thinkers on important and interesting subjects, arranged, as in verbal 
dictionaries, in alphabetical order of topics, for ready reference and 
familiar use, is a daily necessity. 

Tillotson has said, speaking of the brief and noticeably striking sayings 
of wise and good men: "They are of great value, like the dust of gold, 
or the sparks of diamonds." Johnson counts "him a benefactor of man- 
kind who condenses the great thoughts and rules of life into short 
sentences that are easily impressed on the memory, and recur promptly 
to the mind." Swift compares such thoughts to "burning glasses, as they 
collect the diffused rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them 
point with warmth and quickness on the reader's imagination." 

A carefully compiled, intelligently edited and properly arranged 
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speakers, to develop and broaden their scope of knowledge, and to learn 
and know the thoughts and the expressions of the world's greatest and 
most renowned writers, speakers and thinkers, from ancient to modern 

The New Dictionary of Thoughts, originally compiled by Tryon 
Edwards during more than fifty years of active literary effort, revised, 
amplified with many additions, and entirely reset in a new face of type, 
is now presented in a new format to those who hunger for "rich drafts 
from life's literary fountains." 

The Publishers 
December, 1927 





ABILITY. — Ability is a poor man's 
wealth. — M. Wren. 

Ability involves responsibility; power, 
to its last particle, is duty. — A. Maclaren. 

What we do upon some great occasion 
will probably depend on what we al- 
ready are; and what we are will be the 
result of previous years of self-discipline. 
— H. P. Liddon. 

Natural abilities can almost compen- 
sate for the want of every kind of culti- 
vation, but no cultivation of the mind 
can make up for the want of natural 
abilities. — Schopenhauer. 

Ability doth hit the mark where pre- 
sumption over-shooteth and diffidence 
falleth short. — Cusa. 

All may do what has by man been 
done. — Young. 

The height of ability consists in a 
thorough knowledge of the real value of 
things, and of the genius of the age in 
which we live. — Rochefoucauld. 

Who does the best his circumstance al- 
lows, does well, acts nobly, angels could 
no more. — Young. 

The force of his own merit makes his 
way — a gift that heaven gives for him. — 

The art of being able to make a good 
use of moderate abilities wins esteem, 
and often confers more reputation than 
greater real merit. — Rochefoucauld. 

Men are often capable of greater 
things than they perform. — They are 
sent into the world with bills of credit, 
and seldom draw to their full extent. — 

As we advance in life, we learn the 
limit of our abilities. — Froude. 

The abilities of man must fall short 

on one side or the other, like too scanty 
a blanket when you are abed. — If you 
pull it upon your shoulders, your feet 
are left bare; if you thrust it down to 
your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. 
— Sir W. Temple. 

An able man shows his spirit by gentle 
words and resolute actions. — He is 
neither hot nor timid. — Chesterfield. 

No man's abilities are so remarkably 
shining as not to stand in need of a 
proper opportunity, a patron, and even 
the praises of a friend to recommend 
them to the notice of the world. — Pliny. 

Some persons of weak understanding 
are so sensible of that weakness, as to 
be able to make a good use of it. — 

We are often able because we think we 
are able. — J. Hawes. 

The winds and waves are always on 
the side of the ablest navigators. — 

ABSENCE. — Absence from those we 
love is self from self — a deadly banish- 
ment. — Shakespeare. 

Short absence quickens love; long ab- 
sence kills it. — Mirabeau. 

Love reckons hours for months, and 
days for years; and every little absence 
is an age. — Dry den. 

Absence in love is like water upon fire ; 
a little quickens, but much extinguishes 
it. — Hannah More. 

The absent are like children, helpless 
to defend themselves. — Charles Reade. 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. 
— Bailey. 

Absence lessens moderate passions and 
increases great ones; as the wind extin- 
guishes the taper, but kindles the burn- 
ing dwelling. — Rochefoucauld. 

Distance of time and place generally 



cure what they seem to aggravate; and 
taking leave of our friends resembles 
taking leave of the world, of which it 
has been said, that it is not death, but 
dying, which is terrible. — Fielding. 

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the 
image of those we love : we cannot real- 
ize the intervening changes which time 
may have effected. — Goldsmith. 

The absent are never without fault, 
nor the present without excuse. — 

The joy of meeting pays the pangs of 
absence; else who could bear it? — Rowe. 

As the presence of those we love is as 
a double life, so absence, in its anxious 
longing and sense of vacancy, is as a 
foretaste of death. — Mrs. Jameson. 

ABSTINENC E.— (See " Temper- 

The whole duty of man is embraced in 
the two principles of abstinence and pa- 
tience: temperance in prosperity, and 
patient courage in adversity. — Seneca. 

Always rise from the table with an ap- 
petite, and you will never sit down 
without one. — Penn. 

Against diseases the strongest fence is 
the defensive virtue, abstinence. — Her- 

Refrain to-night, and that shall lend 
a hand of easiness to the next absti- 
nence; the next more easy; for use can 
almost change the stamp of nature, and 
either curb the devil, or throw him out 
with wondrous potency. — Shakespeare. 

The stomach begs and clamors, and 
listens to no precepts. And yet it is not 
an obdurate creditor; for it is dismissed 
with small payment if you only give it 
what you owe, and not as much as you 
can. — Seneca. 

If thou wouldst make the best advan- 
tage of the muses, either by reading to 
benefit thyself, or by writing to benefit 
others, keep a peaceful soul in a tem- 
perate body. A full belly makes a dull 
brain, and a turbulent spirit a distracted 
judgment. The muses starve in a cook's 
shop and a lawyer's study. — Quarles. 

To set the mind above the appetites 
is the end of abstinence, which if not a 
virtue, is the groundwork of a virtue. — 

It is continued temperance which sus- 

tains the body for the longest period of 
time, and which most surely preserves it 
free from sickness. — W. Humboldt. 

ABSURDITIES.— There is nothing so 
absurd or ridiculous that has not at 
some time been said by some philoso- 
pher. Fontenelle says he would under- 
take to persuade the whole republic of 
readers to believe that the sun was 
neither the cause of light or heat, if he 
could only get six philosophers on his 
side. — Goldsmith. 

To pardon those absurdities in our- 
selves which we condemn in others, is 
neither better nor worse than to be more 
willing to be fools ourselves than to have 
others so. — Pope. 

ABUSE. — Abuse is often of service. 
There is nothing so dangerous to an 
author as silence. His name, like the 
shuttlecock, must be beat backward and 
forward, or it falls to the ground. — 

It is the wit and policy of sin to hate 
those we have abused. — Davenant. 

I never yet heard man or woman much 
abused that I was not inclined to think 
the better of them, and to transfer the 
suspicion or dislike to the one who 
found pleasure in pointing out the de- 
fects of another. — Jane Porter. 

Abuse of any one generally shows that 
he has marked traits of character. The 
stupid and indifferent are passed by in 
silence. — Try on Edwards. 

It is not he who gives abuse that af- 
fronts, but the view that we take of it 
as insulting; so that when one provokes 
you it is your own opinion which is pro- 
voking. — Epictetus. 

When certain persons abuse us let us 
ask what kind of characters it is they 
admire. We shall often find this a most 
consolatory question. — Colton. 

Abuse me as much as you will; it is 
often a benefit rather than an injury. 
But for heaven's sake don't make me 
ridiculous. — E. Nott. 

The difference between coarse and re- 
fined abuse is the difference between be- 
ing bruised by a club and wounded by a 
poisoned arrow. — Johnson. 

Cato, being scurrilously treated by a 
low and vicious fellow, quietly said to 
him, "A contest between us is very un- 
equal, for thou canst bear ill language 



with ease, and return it with pleasure; 
but to me it is unusual to hear, and 
disagreeable to speak it." 

There are none more abusive to 
others than they that lie most open to 
it themselves; but the humor goes 
round, and he that laughs at me to-day 
will have somebody to laugh at him to- 
morrow. — Seneca. 

ACCENT. — Accent is the soul of lan- 
guage; it gives to it both feeling and 
truth. — Rousseau. 

ACCIDENT.— Nothing is or can be 
accidental with God. — Longfellow. 

No accidents are so unlucky but that 
the wise may draw some advantage from 
them; nor are there any so lucky but 
that the foolish may turn them to their 
own prejudice. — Rochefoucauld. 

What reason, like the careful ant, 
draws laboriously together, the wind of 
accident sometimes collects in a mo- 
ment. — Schiller. 

What men call accident is the doing 
of God's providence. — Bailey. 

ACCURACY. — Accuracy is the twin 
brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dis- 
honesty. — C. Simmons. 

Accuracy of statement is one of the 
first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a 
near kin to falsehood. — Try on Edwards. 

ACQUAINTANCE.— If a man does 
not make new acquaintances as he ad- 
vances through life, he will soon find 
himself left alone; one should keep his 
friendships in constant repair. — Johnson. 

It is good discretion not to make too 
much of any man at the first; because 
one cannot hold out that proportion. — 

It is expedient to have acquaintance 
with those who have looked into the 
world, who know men, understand busi- 
ness, and can give you good intelligence 
and good advice when they are w T anted. 
— Bp. Home. 

I love the acquaintance of young 
people ; because, in the first place, I don't 
like to think myself growing old. In 
the next place, young acquaintances 
must last longest, if they do last; and 
then young men have more virtue than 
old men ; they have more generous senti- 
ments in every respect. — Johnson. 

Three days of uninterrupted company 

in a vehicle will make you better ac- 
quainted with another, than one hour's 
conversation with him every day for 
three years. — Lavater. 

Never say you know a man till you 
have divided an inheritance with him. — 

If a man is worth knowing at all, he 
is worth knowing well. — Alexander Smith. 

ACQUIREMENT.— That which we 
acquire with most difficulty we retain 
the longest; as those who have earned a 
fortune are commonly more careful of 
it than those by whom it may have been 
inherited. — Colton. 

Every noble acquisition is attended 
with its risks; he who fears to encounter 
the one must not expect to obtain the 
other. — Metastasio*. 

An unjust acquisition is like a barbed 
arrow, which must be drawn backward 
with horrible anguish, or else will be 
your destruction. — Jeremy Taylor. 

ACTION. — Heaven never helps the 
man who will not act. — Sophocles. 

Action may not always bring happi- 
ness ; but there is no happiness without 
a ction . — Disra e li. 

Remember you have not a sinew 
whose law of strength is not action; not 
a faculty of body, mind, or soul, whose 
law of improvement is not energy. — 
E. B. Hall. 

Our grand business is not to see what 
lies dimly at a distance, but to do what 
lies clearly at hand. — Carlyle. 

Only actions give to life its strength, 
as only moderation gives it its charm. — 

Every noble activity makes room for 
itself. — Emerson. 

Mark this well, ye proud men of ac- 
tion! ye are, after all, nothing but un- 
conscious instruments of the men of 
thought. — Hein e . 

The actions of men are like the index 
of a book; they point out what is most 
remarkable in them. 

Happiness is in action, and every 
power is intended for action; human 
happiness, therefore, can only be com- 
plete as all the powers have their full 
and legitimate play. — Thomas. 

Great actions, the lustre of which 
dazzles us, are represented by politicians 



as the effects of deep design: whereas 
they are commonly the effects of caprice 
and passion. Thus the war between Au- 
gustus and Antony, supposed to be 
owing to their ambition to give a master 
to the world, arose probably from jeal- 
ousy. — Rochefoucauld. 

A right act strikes a chord that ex- 
tends through the whole universe, 
touches all moral intelligence, visits 
every world, vibrates along its whole 
extent, and conveys its vibrations to 
the very bosom of God! — T. Binney. 

Good thoughts, though God accept 
them, yet toward men are little better 
than good dreams except they be put in 
action. — Bacon. 

Doing is the great thing. For if, 
resolutely, people do what is right, in 
time they come to like doing it. — Ruskin. 

Activity is God's medicine; the high- 
est genius is willingness and ability to 
do hard work. Any other conception of 
genius makes it a doubtful, if not a 
dangerous possession. — R. S. Mac Arthur. 

That action is not warrantable which 
either fears to ask the divine blessing on 
its performance, or having succeeded, 
does not come with thanksgiving to God 
for its success. — Quarles. 

A holy act strengthens the inward 
holiness. It is a seed of life growing 
into more life. — F. W. Robertson. 

If you have no friends to share or re- 
joice in your success in life — if you can- 
not look back to those to whom you owe 
gratitude, or forward to those to whom 
you ought to afford protection, still it 
is no less incumbent on you to move 
steadily in the path of duty: for your 
active exertions are due not only to so- 
ciety; but in humble gratitude to the 
Being who made you a member of it, 
with powers to serve yourself and others. 
— Walter Scott. 

The actions of men are the best inter- 
preters of their thoughts. — Locke. 

Act well at the moment, and you 
have performed a good action for all 
eternity. — Lavater. 

In activity we must find our joy as 
well as glory; and labor, like everything 
else that is good, is its own reward. — 
E. P. Whipple. 

To do an evil act is base. To do a 
good one without incurring danger, is 

common enough. But it is the part of a 
good man to do great and noble deeds 
though he risks everything in doing 
them. — Plutarch. 

All our actions take their hue from 
the complexion of the heart, as land- 
scapes do their variety from light. — 
W . T. Bacon. 

Life was not given for indolent con- 
templation and study of self, nor for 
brooding over emotions of piety : actions 
and actions only determine the worth. — 

A good action is never lost; it is a 
treasure laid up and guarded for the 
doer's need. — Calderon. 

Deliberate with caution, but act with 
decision; and yield with graciousness, or 
oppose with firmness. — Colton. 

Existence was given us for action. 
Our worth is determined by the good 
deeds we do, rather than by the fine 
emotions we feel. — E. L. Magoon. 

I have never heard anything about 
the resolutions of the apostles, but a 
great deal about their acts. — H. Mann. 

Think that day lost whose slow de- 
scending sun views from thy hand no 
noble action done. — J. Bobart. 

The more we do, the more we can do ; 
the more busy we are the more leisure 
we have. — Hazlitt. 

To will and not to do when there is 
opportunity, is in reality not to will; 
and to love what is good and not to do 
it, when it is possible, is in reality not 
to love it. — Swedenborg. 

Life though a short, is a working day. 
— Activity may lead to evil; but in- 
activity cannot be led to good. — Hannah 

Unselfish and noble actions are the 
most radiant pages in the biography of 
souls. — Thomas. 

It is vain to expect any advantage 
from our profession of the truth if we 
be not sincerely just and honest in our 
actions. — Sharpe . 

We should not be so taken up in the 
search for truth, as to neglect the need- 
ful duties of active life; for it is only 
action that gives a true value and com- 
mendation to virtue. — Cicero. 

Be great in act, as you have been in 
thought. — Suit the action to the word, 



and the word to the action. — Shakespeare. 

We must be doing something to be 
happy. — Action is no less necessary to 
us than thought. — Hazlitt. 

Active natures are rarely melancholy. 
— Activity and sadness are incompatible. 
— Bovee. 

In all exigencies or miseries, lamenta- 
tion becomes fools, and action wise folk. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

Nothing, says Goethe, is so terrible as 
activity without insight. — Look before 
you leap is a maxim for the world. — 
E. P. Whipple. 

Actions are ours; their consequences 
belong to heaven. — Sir P. Francis. 

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook 
unless the deed go with it. — Shakespeare. 

The end of man is action, and not 
thought, though it be of the noblest. — 

The firefly only shines when on the 
wing; so it is with the mind; when we 
rest we darken. — Bailey. 

Thought and theory must precede all 
salutary action; yet action is nobler in 
itself than either thought or theory. — 

What man knows should find expres- 
sion in what he does. — The chief value 
of superior knowledge is that it leads to 
a performing manhood. — Bovee. 

Life, in all ranks and situations, is an 
outward occupation, an actual and ac- 
tive work. — W. Humboldt. 

Every action of our lives touches on 
some chord that will vibrate in eternity. 
— E. H. Chapin. 

Nothing ever happens but once in 
this world. What I do now I do once 
for all. It is over and gone, with all its 
eternity of solemn meaning. — Carlyle. 

Only the actions of the just smell 
sweet and blossom in the dust. — Shirley. 

Action is eloquence; the eyes of the 
ignorant are more learned than their 
ears. — Shakespeare-. 

The acts of this life are the destiny, of 
the next. — Eastern Proverb. 

ACTORS.— The profession of the 
player, like that of the painter, is one 
of the imitative arts, whose means are 
pleasure, and whose end should be virtue. 
— Shenstone. 

Actors are the only honest hypocrites. 
Their life is a voluntary dream; and 
the height of their ambition is to be 
beside themselves. They wear the livery 
of other men's fortunes: their very 
thoughts are not their own. — Hazlitt. 

All the world's a stage, and all the 
men and women in it merely players. 
They have their exits and their en- 
trances; and one man in his time plays 
many parts. — Shakespeare. 

An actor should take lessons from the 
painter and the sculptor. Not only 
should he make attitude his study, but 
he should highly develop his mind by 
an assiduous study of the best writers, 
ancient and modern, which will enable 
him not only to understand his parts, 
but to communicate a nobler coloring 
to his manners and mien. — Goethe. 

It is with some violence to the imagi- 
nation that we conceive of an actor be- 
longing to the relations of private life, 
so closely do we identify these persons 
in our mind with the characters they 
assume upon the stage. — Lamb. 

A young girl must not be taken to 
the theatre, let us say it once for all. 
It is not only the drama which is im- 
moral, but the place. — Alex. Dumas. 

The most difficult character in comedy 
is that of the fool, and he must be no 
simpleton that plays that part. — Cer- 

ADDRESS.— Brahma once asked of 
Force, "Who is stronger than thou?" 
She replied, "Address." — Victor Hugo. 

Address makes opportunities ; the want 
of it gives them. — Bovee. 

Give a boy address and accomplish- 
ments and 3 r ou give him the mastery o'f 
palaces and fortunes where he goes. He 
has not the trouble of earning to own 
them: they solicit him to enter and 
possess. — Emerson. 

The tear that is wiped with a little 
address may be followed, perhaps, by a 
smile . — Cowper. 

A man who knows the world will not 
only make the most of everything he 
does know, but of many things he does 
not know; and will gain more credit by 
his adroit mode of hiding his ignorance, 
than the pedant by his awkward attempt 
to exhibit his erudition. — Colton. 

There is a certain artificial polish and 



address acquired by mingling in the 
beau monde, which, in the commerce of 
the world, supplies the place of natural 
suavity and good humor; but it is too 
often purchased at the expense of all 
original and sterling traits of character. 
— Washington Irving. 

ADMIRATION. — Admiration is the 
daughter of ignorance. — Franklin. 

Admiration is a very short-lived pas- 
sion that decays on growing familiar with 
its object unless it be still fed with fresh 
discoveries and kept alive by perpetual 
miracles rising up to its view. — Addison. 

Those who are formed to win general 
admiration are seldom calculated to be- 
stow individual happiness. — Lady Bless- 

Few men are admired by their sen- 
ants. — Montaigne. 

We always like those who admire us, 
but we do not always like those whom 
we admire. — Rochefoucauld. 

To cultivate sympathy you must be 
among living beings and thinking about 
them; to cultivate admiration, among 
beautiful things and looking at them. — 

Admiration must be kept up by the 
novelty that at first produced it ; and 
how much soever is given, there must 
always be the impression that more re- 
mains. — Johnson. 

No nobler feeling than this, of ad- 
miration for one higher than himself, 
dwells in the breast of man. — It is to 
this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying 
influence in man's life. — Carlyle. 

It is a good thing to believe; it is a 
good thing to admire. By continually 
looking upwards, our minds will them- 
selves grow upwards; as a man, by in- 
dulging in habits of scorn and contempt 
for others, is sure to descend to the level 
of those he despises. 

It is better in some respects to be ad- 
mired by those with whom you live, 
than to be loved by them. And this is 
not on account of any gratification of 
vanity, but because admiration is so 
much more tolerant than love. — A. 

There is a pleasure in admiration; 
and this it is which properly causeth 
admiration, when we discover a great 
deal in an object which we understand 

to be excellent; and yet we see more 
beyond that, which our understandings 
cannot fully reach and comprehend. — 

There is a wide difference between ad- 
miration and love. The sublime, which 
is the cause of the former, always dwells 
on great objects and terrible; the latter 
on small ones and pleasing; we submit 
to what we admire, but we love what 
submits to us: in one case we are forced, 
in the other we are flattered, into com- 
pliance . — Burke . 

ADVERSITY.— (See "Affliction.") 
Adversity is the trial of principle. — 
Without it a man hardly knows whether 
he is honest or not. — Fielding. 

Adversity is the first path to truth. — 

No man is more unhappy than the 
one who is never in adversity; the 
greatest affliction of life is never to be 
afflicted. — Anon. 

Adversity is like the period of the 
former and of the latter rain, — cold, 
comfortless, unfriendly to man and to 
animal; yet from that season have their 
birth the flower and the fruit, the date, 
the rose, and the pomegranate. — Walter 

Adversity has ever been considered 
the state in which a man most easily 
becomes acquainted with himself, then, 
especially, being free from flatterers. — 

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity 
is the only balance to weigh friends. — 

Who hath not known ill fortune, never 
knew himself, or his own virtue. — Mallet. 

Stars may be seen from the bottom of 
a deep well, when they cannot be dis- 
cerned from the top of a mountain. So 
are many things learned in adversity 
which the prosperous man dreams not 
of. — Spurgeon. 

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven 
polishes its jewels with. — Leighton. 

I never met with a single instance of 
adversity which I have not in the end 
seen was for my good. — I have never 
heard of a Christian on his deathbed 
complaining of his afflictions. — A. Proud- 

We ought as much to pray for a 



blessing upon our daily rod as upon our 
daily bread. — John Owen. 

Heaven often smites in mercy, even 
when the blow is severest. — Joanna 

Adversity has the effect of eliciting 
talents which in prosperous circum- 
stances would have lain dormant. — 

Prosperity is a great teacher; adver- 
sity is a greater. Possession pampers 
the mind; privation trains and strength- 
ens it. — Hazlitt. 

The flower that follows the sun does 
so even in cloudy days. — Leighton. 

The good things of prosperity are to 
be wished; but the good things that be- 
long to adversity are to be admired. — 

Adversity, sage useful guest, severe in- 
structor, but the best; it is from thee 
alone we know justly to value things 
below. — Somerville. 

Prosperity has this property: It puffs 
up narrow souls, makes them imagine 
themselves high and mighty, and leads 
them to look down upon the world with 
contempt; but a truly noble spirit ap- 
pears greatest in distress; and then be- 
comes more bright and conspicuous. — 

In the adversity of our best friends 
we often find something that does not 
displease us. — Rochefoucauld. 

Prosperity is too apt to prevent us 
from examining our conduct; but ad- 
versity leads us to think properly of our 
state, and so is most beneficial to us. — 

Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, 
like a toad, though ugly and venomous, 
wears yet a precious jewel in its head. — 

The truly great and good, in affliction, 
bear a countenance more princely than 
they are wont; for it is the temper of 
the highest hearts, like the palm tree, 
to strive most upwards when it is most 
burdened. — Sir P. Sidney. 

In this wild world, the fondest and 
the best are the most tried, most trou- 
bled, and distrest. — Crabbe. 

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old 
Testament ; adversity of the New, which 
carrieth the greater benediction and the 
clearer revelation of God's favor. Pros- 

perity is not without many fears and 
distastes; adversity not without many 
comforts and hopes. — Bacon. 

The sharpest sting of adversity it bor- 
rows from our own impatience. — Bp. 

The brightest crowns that are worn in 
heaven have been tried, and smelted, 
and polished, and glorified through the 
furnace of tribulation. — E. H. Chapin. 

He that can heroically endure ad- 
versity will bear prosperity with equal 
greatness of soul ; for the mind that can- 
not be dejected by the former is not 
likely to be transported with the latter. 
— Fielding. 

He that has no cross will have no 
crown. — Quarles. 

Adversity is a severe instructor, set 
over us by one who knows us better 
than we do ourselves, as he loves us 
better too. He that wrestles with us 
strengthens our nerves and sharpens our 
skill. Our antagonist is our helper. 
This conflict with difficulty makes us 
acquainted with our object, and compels 
us to consider it in all its relations. It 
will not suffer us to be superficial. — 

Genuine morality is preserved onfy 
in the school of adversity; a state of 
continuous prosperity may easily prove 
a quicksand to virtue. — Schiller. 

Those who have suffered much are like 
those who know many languages; they 
have learned to understand and be un- 
derstood by all. — Mad. Swetchine. 

Though losses and crosses be lessons 
right severe, there's wit there ye'll get 
there, ye'll find no other where. — Burns. 

A smooth sea never made a skilful 
mariner, neither do uninterrupted pros- 
perity and success qualify for usefulness 
and happiness. The storms of adversity, 
like those of the ocean, rouse the facul- 
ties, and excite the invention, prudence, 
skill, and fortitude of the voyager. The 
martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their 
minds to outward calamities, acquired a 
loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism 
worth a lifetime of softness and security. 
— Anon. 

A noble heart, like the sun, showeth 
its greatest countenance in its lowest 
estate. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Adversity exasperates fools, dejects 



cowards, draws out the faculties of the 
wise and industrious, puts the modest 
to the necessity of trying their skill, 
awes the opulent, and makes the idle 
industrious. — Anon. 

Adversity, like winter weather, is of 
use to kill those vermin which the sum- 
mer of prosperity is apt to produce and 
nourish ,-^-A rro wsmit h . 

He that has never known adversity, is 
but half acquainted with others, or with 
himself. Constant success shows us but 
one side of the world ; for as it surrounds 
us with friends, who tell us only our 
merits, so it silences those enemies from 
whom only we can learn our defects. — 

God kills thy comforts to kill thy 
corruptions; wants are ordained to kill 
wantonness; poverty to kill pride; re- 
proaches to destroy ambition. — Flavel. 

God lays his cross upon those whom 
he loves, and those who bear it patiently 
gain much wisdom. — Luther. 

It is good for man to suffer the ad- 
versity of this earthly life: for it brings 
him back to the sacred retirement of the 
heart, where only he finds he is an exile 
from his native home, and ought not to 
place his trust in any worldly enjoyment. 
— Thomas a Kempis. 

So your fiery trial is still unextin- 
guished. But what if it be but His bea- 
con light on your upward path? — F. R. 

It is not the so-called blessings of life, 
its sunshine and calm and pleasant ex- 
periences that make men, but its rugged 
experiences, its storms and tempests and 
trials. Early adversity is often a blessing 
in disguise. — W. Mathews. 

Wherever souls are being tried and 
ripened, in whatever commonplace and 
homely ways, there God is hewing out 
the pillars for His temple. — Phillips 

The Gods in bounty work up storms 
about us, that give mankind occasion to 
exert their hidden strength, and throw 
out into practice virtues that shun the 
day, and lie concealed in the smooth 
seasons and the calms of life. — Addison. 

How blunt are all the arrows of ad- 
versity in comparison with those of 
guilt ! — Blair. 

ADVICE. — Let no man presume to 

give advice to others who has not first 
given good counsel to himself. — Seneca. 
The greatest trust between man and 
man is the trust of giving counsel. — 

When a man seeks your advice he 
generally wants your praise. — Chester- 

Advice is a superfluity. Ninety-nine 
times out of a hundred people don't 
take it. The hundredth they do take it, 
but with a reservation. — Then of course 
it turns out badly, and they think you 
an idiot, and never forgive you. — L. 

Agreeable advice is seldom useful ad- 
vice . — Massilon. 

He that gives good advice, builds with 
one hand; he that gives good counsel 
and example, builds with both; but he 
that gives good admonition and bad ex- 
ample, builds with one hand and pulls 
down with the other. — Bacon. 

A thousand times listen to the counsel 
of your friend, but seek it only once. — 
A. S. Hardy. 

There is nothing of which men are 
more liberal than their good advice, be 
their stock of it ever so small; because 
it seems to carry in it an intimation of 
their own influence, importance or worth. 
— Young. 

When a man has been guilty of any 
vice or folly, the best atonement he can 
make for it is to warn others not to fall 
into the like. — Addison. 

It is a good divine that follows his 
own instructions. I can easier teach 
twenty what were good to be done, than 
be one of twenty to follow mine own 
teaching. — Shakespeare. 

He who calls in the aid of an equal 
understanding doubles his own ; and he 
who profits by a superior understanding 
raises his powers to a level with the 
heights of the superior understanding he 
unites with. — Burke. 

It is easy when we are in prosperity 
to give advice to the afflicted. — JEschy- 

The worst men often give the best 
advice ; our thoughts are better some- 
times than our deeds. — Bailey. 

We ask advice; we mean approbation. 
— Colton. 

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, 



the longer it dwells upon, and the 
deeper it sinks into the mind. — Coleridge. 

Let no man value at a little price a 
virtuous woman's counsel. — G. Chap- 

Men give away nothing so liberally 
as their advice. — Rochefoucauld. 

To accept good advice is but to in- 
crease one's own ability. — Goethe. 

Good counsels observed are chains of 
grace. — Fuller. 

Wait for the season when to cast good 
counsels upon subsiding passion. — Shake- 

Nothing is less sincere than our mode 
of asking and giving advice. He who 
asks seems to have deference for the 
opinion of his friend, while he only aims 
to get approval of his own and make 
his friend responsible for his action. 
And he who gives repays the confidence 
supposed to be placed in him by a 
seemingly disinterested zeal, while he 
seldom means anything by his advice 
but his own interest or reputation. — 

No man is so foolish but he may some- 
times give another good counsel, and no 
man so wise that he may not easily err 
if he takes no other counsel than his 
own. — He that is taught only by himself 
has a fool for a master. — Ben Jonson. 

Advice is seldom welcome. Those who 
need it most, like it least. — Johnson. 

Every man, however wise, needs the 
advice of some sagacious friend in the 
affairs of life. — Plautus. 

Those who school others, oft should 
school themselves. — Shakespeare. 

We give advice by the bucket, but 
take it by the grain. — W. R. Alger. 

They that will not be counselled, can- 
not be helped. It you do not hear 
reason she will rap you on the knuckles. 
— Franklin. 

It takes nearly as much ability to 
know how to profit by good advice as 
to know how to act for one's self. — 

How is it possible to expect mankind 
to take advice when they will not so 
much as take warning? — Swift. 

Do not give to your friends the most 
agreeable counsels, but the most ad- 
vantageous. — Tuckerman. 

Harsh counsels have no effect: they 

are like hammers which are always re- 
pulsed by the anvil. — Helvetius. 

The advice of friends must be re- 
ceived with a judicious reserve: we 
must not give ourselves up to it and 
follow it blindly, whether right or wrong. 
— Charron. 

Advice and reprehension require the 
utmost delicacy; painful truths should 
be delivered in the softest terms, and 
expressed no farther than is necessary to 
produce their due effect. A courteous 
man will mix what is conciliating with 
what is offensive; praise with censure; 
deference and respect with the authority 
of admonition, so far as can be done in 
consistence with probity and honor. The 
mind revolts against all censorian power 
which displays pride or pleasure in find- 
ing fault; but advice, divested of the 
harshness, and yet retaining the honest 
warmth of truth, is like honey put 
round the brim of a vessel full of worm- 
wood. — Even this, however, is some- 
times insufficient to conceal the bitterness 
of the draught. — Percival. 

Give every man thine ear, but few 
thy voice; take each man's censure, but 
reserve thy judgment. — Shakespeare. 

Giving advice is sometimes only show- 
ing our wisdom at the expense of an- 
other. — Shaftesbury. 

AFFECTATION.— Affectation in any 
part of our carriage is but the lighting 
up of a candle to show our defects, and 
never fails to make us taken notice of, 
either as wanting in sense or sincerity. 
— Locke. 

All affectation is the vain and ridicu- 
lous attempt of poverty to appear rich. 
■ — Lavater. 

Affectation is a greater enemy to the 
face than the small-pox. — St. Evremond. 

All affectation proceeds from the sup- 
position of possessing something better 
than the rest of the world possesses. 
Nobody is vain of possessing two legs 
and two arms, because that is the pre- 
cise Quantity of either sort of limb which 
everybody possesses. — Sydney Smith. 

Among the numerous stratagems by 
which pride endeavors to recommend 
folly to regard, scarcely one meets with 
less success than affectation, which is a 
perpetual disguise of the real character 
by false appearances. — Johnson. 

Great vices are the proper objects of 




our detestation, and smaller faults of 
our pity, but affectation appears to be 
the only true source of the ridiculous. — 

We are never so ridiculous by the 
qualities we have, as by those we affect 
to have. — Rochefoucauld. 

Affectation is certain deformity. — By 
forming themselves on fantastic models 
the young begin with being ridiculous, 
and often end in being vicious. — Blair. 

Affectation differs from hypocrisy in 
being the art of counterfeiting qualities 
which we might with innocence and 
safety be known to want. — Hypocrisy is 
the necessary burden of villainy; affecta- 
tion, a part of the chosen trappings of 
folly. — Johnson. 

Affectation proceeds either from vanity 
or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on 
affecting false characters to gain ap- 
plause, so hypocrisy sets us on the en- 
deavor to avoid censures by concealing 
our vices under the appearance of their 
opposite virtues. — Fielding. 

Avoid all singularity and affectation. — 
What is according to nature is best, 
while what is contrary to it is always 
distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is 
not our own. — Collier. 

Hearts may be attracted by assumed 
qualities, but the affections can only be 
fixed and retained by those that are 
real. — De Moy. 

Affectation naturally counterfeits those 
excellencies which are farthest from our 
attainment, because knowing our defects 
we eagerly endeavor to supply them 
with artificial excellence. — Johnson. 

Paltry affectation and strained allu- 
sions are easily attained by those who 
choose to wear them; but they are but 
the badges of ignorance or stupidity 
when it would endeavor to please. — 

All false practices and affectations of 
knowledge are more odious than any 
want or defect of knowledge can be. — 

Be yourself. Ape no greatness. Be 
willing to pass for what you are. A 
good farthing is better than a bad 
sovereign. Affect no oddness; but dare 
to be right, though you have to be 
singular. — S. Coley. 

Affectation lights a candle to our de- 

fects, and though it may gratify our- 
selves, it disgusts all others. — Lavater. 

AFFECTION. — There is so little to 
redeem the dry mass of follies and errors 
that make up so much of life, that any- 
thing to love or reverence becomes, as 
it were, a sabbath to the soul. — Bulwer. 

How often a new affection makes a 
new man. The sordid becomes liberal; 
the cowering, heroic; the frivolous girl, 
the steadfast martyr of patience and 
ministration, transfigured by deathless 
love. — E. H. Chapin. 

Mature affection, homage, devotion, 
does not easily express itself. Its voice 
is low. It is modest and retiring, it lays 
in ambush and waits. Such is the ma- 
ture fruit. Sometimes a life glides away, 
and finds it still ripening in the shade. 
The light inclinations of very young 
people are as dust compared to rocks. — 

Our affections are our life. — We live 
by them; they supply our warmth. — 

The affections are like lightning: you 
cannot tell where they will strike till 
they have fallen. — Lacordaire. 

How sacred and beautiful is the feel- 
ing of affection in the pure and guileless 
soul! The proud may sneer at it, the 
fashionable call it a fable, the selfish and 
dissipated affect to despise it, but the 
holy passion is surely from heaven, and 
is made evil only by the corruptions of 
those it was sent to preserve and bless. 
— M or daunt. 

Of all earthly music that which reaches 
farthest into heaven is the beating of a 
truly loving heart. — H. W. Beecher. 

If there is any thing that keeps the 
mind open to angel visits, and repels 
the ministry of evil, it is a pure human 
love.— N. P. Willis. 

Our sweetest experiences of affection 
are meant to point us to that realm 
which is the real and endless home of 
the heart. — H. W. Beecher. 

The affections, like conscience, are 
rather to be led than driven. — Those who 
marry where they do not love, will be 
likely to love where they do not many. 
— Fuller. 

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies 
trifles; but the magnifying of the one 
is like looking through a telescope at 
heavenly objects; that of the other, like 




enlarging monsters with a microscope. — 
Leigh Hunt. 

The heart will commonly govern the 
head; and any strong passion, set the 
wrong way, will soon infatuate even 
the wisest of men; therefore the first 
part of wisdom is to watch the affec- 
tions. — Waterland. 

There is in life no blessing like affec- 
tion; it soothes, it hallows, elevates, 
subdues, and bringeth down to earth its 
native heaven: life has nought else that 
may supply its place. — L. E. Landon. 

I'd rather than that crowds should 
sigh for me, that from some kindred eye 
the trickling tear should steal. — H. K. 

AFFLICTION.— (See Adversity.) 

Affliction is a school of virtue ; it cor- 
rects levity, and interrupts the confi- 
dence of sinning. — Atterbury. 

As threshing separates the wheat from 
the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. 
— Burton. 

Though all afflictions are evils in 
themselves, yet they are good for us, 
because they discover to us our disease 
and tend to our cure. — Tillotson. 

Affliction is the good man's shining 
scene; prosperity conceals his brightest 
ray; as night to stars, woe lustre gives 
to man. — Young. 

Many secrets of religion are not per- 
ceived till they be felt, and are not felt 
but in the day of a great calamity. — 
Jeremy Taylor. 

The lord gets his best soldiers out of 
the highlands of affliction. — Spurgeon. 

That which thou dost not understand 
when thou readest, thou shaft under- 
stand in the day of thy visitation; for 
many secrets of religion are not per- 
ceived till they be felt, and are not felt 
but in the day of calamity. — Jeremy 

It has done me good to be somewhat 
parched by the heat and drenched by 
the rain of life. — Longfellow. 

Affliction is the wholesome soil of vir- 
tue, where patience, honor, sweet hu- 
mility, and calm fortitude, take root 
and strongly flourish. — Mallet. 

God sometimes washes the eyes of his 
children with tears that they may read 
aright his providence and his command- 
ments. — T. L. Cuyler. 

If your cup seems too bitter, if your 
burden seems too heavy, be sure that it 
is the wounded hand that is holding the 
cup, and that it is He who carries the 
cross that is carrying the burden. — S. I. 

I have learned more of experimental 
religion since my little boy died than in 
all my life before. — Horace Bushnell. 

Paradoxical as it may seem, God 
means not only to make us good, but 
to make us also happy, by sickness, 
disaster and disappointment. — C. A. 

The hiding places of men are dis- 
covered by affliction. — As one has aptly 
said, "Our refuges are like the nests of 
birds; in summer they are hidden away 
among the green leaves, but in winter 
they are seen among the naked 
branches." — J. W. Alexander. 

Sanctified afflictions are like so many 
artificers working on a pious man's 
crown to make it more bright and mas- 
sive. — Cudworth. 

Heaven but tries our virtue by afflic- 
tion, and oft the cloud that wraps the 
present hour serves but to brighten all 
our future days. — J. Brown. 

If you would not have affliction visit 
you twice, listen at once to what it 
teaches. — Burgh. 

Affliction is not sent in vain from the 
good God who chastens those that he 
loves. — Southey. 

Nothing can occur beyond the strength 
of faith to sustain, or transcending the 
resources of religion to relieve. — T. 

As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it 
is rough treatment that gives souls, as 
well as stones, their lustre. The more 
the diamond is cut the brighter it 
sparkles; and in what seems hard deal- 
ing, there God has no end in view but 
to perfect his people. — Guthrie. 

It is not from the tall, crowded work- 
house of prosperity that men first or 
clearest see the eternal stars of heaven. 
— Theodore Parker. 

Ah! if you only knew the peace there 
is in an accepted sorrow. — Mde. Guion. 

It is not until we have passed through 
the furnace that we are made to know 
how much dross there is in our com- 
position. — Colton. 




It is a great thing, when the cup of 
bitterness is pressed to our lips, to feel 
that it is not fate or necessity, but 
divine love working upon us for good 
ends. — E. H. Chapin. 

Afflictions sent by providence melt the 
constancy of the noble minded, but con- 
firm the obduracy of the vile, as the 
same furnace that liquifies the gold, 
hardens the clay. — Colton. 

The soul that suffers is stronger than 
the soul that rejoices. — E. Shepard. 

There is such a difference between 
coming out of sorrow merely thankful 
for belief, and coming out of sorrow full 
of sympathy with, and trust in, Him 
who has released us. — Phillips Brooks. 

Tears are often the telescope by which 
men see far into heaven. — H. W. 

Affliction comes to us all not to make 
us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, 
but wise; not to make us despondent, 
but by its darkness to refresh us, as the 
night refreshes the day; not to im- 
poverish, but to enrich us, as the plough 
enriches the field; to multiply our joy, 
as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a 
thousand-fold. — H. W. Beecher. 

Strength is born in the deep silence of 
long-suffering hearts; not amid joy. — 
Mrs. Hemans. 

By afflictions God is spoiling us of 
what otherwise might have spoiled us. — 
When he makes the world too hot for 
us to hold, we let it go. — Powell. 

No Christian but has his Gethsemane; 
but every prajdng Christian will find 
there is no Gethsemane without its 
angel. — T. Binney. 

With the wind of tribulation God 
separates, in the floor of the soul, the 
wheat from the chaff. — Molinos. 

We are apt to overlook the hand and 
heart of God in our afflictions, and to 
consider them as mere accidents, and 
unavoidable evils. — This view makes 
them absolute and positive evils which 
admit of no remedy or relief. — If we 
view our troubles and trials aside from 
the divine design and agency in them, 
we cannot be comforted. — Emmons. 

Amid my list of blessings infinite, 
stands this the foremost, " that my heart 
has bled." — Young. 

Affliction is a divine diet which though 

it be not pleasing to mankind, yet Al- 
mighty God hath often imposed it as a 
good, though bitter, physic, to those 
children whose souls are dearest to him. 
— Izaak Walton. 

The very afflictions of our earthly pil- 
grimage are presages of our future glory, 
as shadows indicate the sun. — Richter. 

How fast we learn in a day of sorrow! 
Scripture shines out in a new effulgence; 
every verse seems to contain a sun- 
beam, every promise stands out in il- 
luminated splendor; things hard to be 
understood become in a moment plain. 
— H. Bonar. 

The most generous vine, if not pruned, 
runs out into many superfluous stems 
and grows at last weak and fruitless: so 
doth the best man if he be not cut short 
in his desires, and pruned with afflictions. 
—Bp. Hall. 

Extraordinary afflictions are not al- 
ways the punishment of extraordinary 
sins, but sometimes the trial of extraor- 
dinary graces. — Sanctified afflictions are 
spiritual promotions. — M. Henry. 

The only way to meet affliction is to 
pass through it solemnly, slowly, with 
humility and faith, as the Israelites 
passed through the sea. Then its very 
waves of misery will divide, and be- 
come to us a wall, on the right side and 
on the left, until the gulf narrows before 
our eyes, and we land safe on the op- 
posite shore. — Miss Mulock. 

We should always record our thoughts 
in affliction: set up way-marks, that we 
may recur to them in health; for then 
we are in other circumstances, and can 
never recover our sick-bed views. 

The good are better made by ill, as 
odors crushed are sweeter still. — Rogers. 

What seem to us but dim funereal 
tapers, may be heaven's distant lamps. 
— Longfellow. 

It is from the remembrance of joys we 
have lost that the arrows of affliction 
are pointed. — Mackenzie. 

The gem cannot be polished without 
friction, nor man perfected without 
trials. — Chinese Proverb. 

Never on earth calamity so great, as 
not to leave to us, if rightly weighed, 
what would console 'mid what we sorrow 
for. — Shakespeare . 

The lessons we learn in sadness and 




from loss are those that abide. — Sorrow 
clarifies the mind, steadies it, forces it 
to weigh things correctly. — The soil 
moist with tears best feeds the seeds 
of truth.— T. T. Munger. 

Never was there a man of deep piety, 
who has not been brought into ex- 
tremities — who has not been put into 
fire — who has not been taught to say, 
" Though he slay me, yet will I trust in 
him." — Cecil. 

As sure as God puts his children into 
the furnace of affliction, he will be with 
them in it. — Spurgeon. 

Heaven tries our virtue by afflictions; 
as oft the cloud that wraps the present 
hour, serves but to lighten all our future 
days. — J. Brown. 

Come then, affliction, if my Father 
wills, and be my frowning friend. A 
friend that frowns is better than a smil- 
ing enemy. — Anon. 

AGE. — It is not by the gray of the hair 
that one knows the age of the heart. — 

A graceful and honorable old age is 
the childhood of immortality. — Pindar. 

How beautiful can time with goodness 
make an old man look. — 5 err old. 

Old age adds to the respect due to 
virtue, but it takes nothing from the 
contempt inspired by vice; it whitens 
only the hair. — /. P. Senn. 

Age does not depend upon years, but 
upon temperament and health. — Some 
men are born old, and some never grow 
so. — Tryon Edwards. 

A person is always startled when he 
hears himself seriously called old for the 
first time. — 0. W. Holmes. 

The vices of old age have the stiffness 
of it too; and as it is the unfittest time 
to learn in, so the unfitness of it to 
unlearn will be found much greater. — 

Let us repect gray hairs, especially our 
own. — /. P. Senn. 

Our youth and manhood are due to 
our country, but our declining years are 
due to ourselves. — Pliny. 

When we are young, we are slavishly 
employed in procuring something 
whereby we may live comfortably when 
we grow old; and when we are old, we 
perceive it is too late to live as we pro- 
posed. — Pope. 

Old men's eyes are like old men's 
memories; they are strongest for things 
a long way off. — George Eliot. 

No wise man ever wished to be 
younger. — Swift . 

To be happy, we must be true to 
nature, and carry our age along with us. 
— Hazlitt. 

Years do not make sages; they only 
make old men. — Mad. Swetchine. 

Every one desires to live long, but no 
one would be old. — Swift. 

Nothing is more disgraceful than that 
an old man should have nothing to show 
to prove that he has lived long, except 
his years. — Seneca. 

How many fancy they have experi- 
ence simply because they have grown 
old. — Stanislaus. 

Men of age object too much, consult 
too long, adventure too little, repent 
too soon, and seldom drive business 
home to the full period, but content 
themselves with a mediocrity of success. 
— Bacon. 

As we grow old we become both more 
foolish and more wise. — Rochefoucauld. 

Age that lessens the enjoyment of life, 
increases our desire of living. — Gold- 

Childhood itself is scarcely more 
lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny 
old age.— L. M. Child. 

When one becomes indifferent to 
women, to children, and to young people, 
he may know that he is superannuated, 
and has withdrawn from what is sweet- 
est and purest in human existence. — 
A. B. Alcott. 

Old age is a blessed time. It gives us 
leisure to put off' our earthly garments 
one by one, and dress ourselves for 
heaven. " Blessed are they that are 
home-sick, for they shall get home." 

A comfortable old age is the reward 
of a well-spent youth. — Instead of its 
bringing sad and melancholy prospects 
of decay, it should give us hopes of 
eternal youth in a better world. — R. 

No snow falls lighter than the snow 
of age; but none lies heavier, for it 
never melts. 

It is a rare and difficult attainment to 
grow old gracefully and happily. — L. M. 




Old age is a tryant, which forbids the 
pleasures of youth on pain of death. — 

Old age has deformities enough of its 
own. — It should never add to them the 
deformity of vice. — Cato. 

We should t-o provide for old age that 
it may have no urgent wants of this 
world to absorb it from meditation on 
the next. — It is awful to see the lean 
hands of dotage making a coffer of the 
grave. — Bulwer. 

To resist the frigidity of old age one 
must combine the body, the mind, and 
the heart. — And to keep these in parallel 
vigor one must exercise, study, and love. 
— Bonstcttin. 

When a noble life has prepared old 
age, it is not decline that it reveals, but 
the first days of immortality. — Mad. de 

The evening of a well-spent life brings 
its lamps with it. — Joubert. 

Age does not make us childish, as 
some say; it finds us true children. — 

Age is rarely despised but when it is 
contemptible . — Johnson. 

As winter strips the leaves from 
around us, so that we may see the dis- 
tant regions they formerly concealed, so 
old age takes away our enjoyments only 
to enlarge the prospect of the coming 
eternity. — Richter. 

He who would pass his declining years 
with honor and comfort, should, when 
young, consider that he may one day 
become old, and remember when he is 
old, that he has once been young. — 

That man never grows old who keeps 
a child in his heart. 

A healthy old fellow, who is not a 
fool, is the happiest creature living. — 

In old age life's shadows are meeting 
eternity's day. — Clarke. 

The Grecian ladies counted their age 
from their marriage, not from their 
birth. — Homer. 

The golden age is before us, not be- 
hind us. — St. Simon. 

The tendency of old age to the body, 
say the physiologists, is to form bone. — 
It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet 

with an old man whose opinions are not 
ossified. — J. F. Boyse. 

That old man dies prematurely whose 
memory records no benefits conferred. — 
The}* - onl} T have lived long who have 
lived virtuously. — Sheridan. 

I venerate old age ; and I love not the 
man who can look without emotion upon 
the sunset of life, when the dusk of 
evening begins to gather over the watery 
eye, and the shadows of twilight grow 
broader and deeper upon the under- 
standing. — Longfellow. 

While one finds company in himself 
and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no 
matter what his years may be. — A. B. 
Alcott. \ 

It is only necessary to grow old to 
become more charitable and even indul- 
gent. — I see no fault committed by 
others that I have not committed my- 
self. — Goethe. 

An aged Christian, with the snow of 
time upon his head, may remind us that 
those points of earth are whitest w T hich 
are nearest to heaven. — E. H. Chapin. 

There are three classes into which all 
the women past seventy years of age I 
have ever known, were divided: that 
dear old soul ; that old woman ; that old 
witch. — Coleridge. 

That which is called dotage, is not 
the weak point of all old men, but only 
of such as are distinguished by their 
levity and weakness. — Cicero. 

There cannot live a more unhappy 
creature than an ill-natured old man, 
who is neither capable of receiving 
pleasures, nor sensible of conferring 
them on others. — Sir W. Temple. 

As we advance in life the circle of our 
pains enlarges, while that of our pleas- 
ures contracts. — Mad. Swetchine. 

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the 
soft light of the moon, silvering over 
the evening of life. — Richter. 

One's age should be tranquil, as 
childhood should be playful. — Hard work 
at either extremity of life seems out of 
place. — At mid-day the sun may burn, 
and men labor under it; but the morn- 
ing and evening should be alike calm 
and cheerful. — Arnold. 

When we are out of sympathy with 
the young, then I think our work in 
this world is over. — G. Macdonald. 




At twenty, the will reigns; at thirty, 
the wit; at forty, the judgment; after- 
ward, proportion of character. — Grattan. 

It is often the case with fine natures, 
that when the fire of the spirit dies out 
with increasing age, the power of intel- 
lect is unaltered or increased, and an 
originally educated judgment grows 
broader and gentler as the river of life 
widens out to the everlasting sea. — Mrs. 

Some men never seem to grow old. 
Always active in thought, always ready 
to adopt new ideas, they are never 
chargeable with fogyism. Satisfied, yet 
ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever un- 
settled, they always enjoy the best of 
what is, and are the first to find the best 
of what will be. 

Though I look old, yet I am strong 
and lusty; for in my youth I never did 
apply hot and rebellious liquors in my 
blood; and did not, with unbashful fore- 
head, woo the means of weakness and 
debility: therefore my age is as a lusty 
winter, frosty but kindly. — Shakespeare. 

When men grow virtuous in their old 
age, they are merely making a sacrifice 
to God of the devil's leavings. — Swift. 

Age sits with decent grace upon his 
visage, and worthily becomes his silver 
locks, who wears the marks of many 
years well spent, of virtue, truth well 
tried, and wise experience. — Rowe. 

Toward old age both men and women 
hang to life by their habits.— Charles 

Probably the happiest period in life 
most frequently is in middle age, when 
the eager passions of youth are cooled, 
and the infirmities of age not yet begun; 
as we see that the shadows, which are 
at morning and evening so large, almost 
entirely disappear at mid-day.- — T. Ar- 

Like a morning dream, life becomes 
more and more bright the longer we 
live, and the reason of everything ap- 
pears more clear. What has puzzled us 
before seems less mysterious, and the 
crooked paths look straighter as we 
approach the end. — Richter. 

Ye who are old, remember youth with 
thought of like affection. — Shakespeare. 

Age should fly concourse, cover in re- 
treat defects of judgment, and the will 
subdue; walk thoughtful on the silent, 

solemn shore of that vast ocean it must 
sail so soon. — Young. 

Cautious age suspects the flattering 
form, and only credits what experience, 
tells. — Johnson. 

If reverence is due from others to the 
old, they ought also to respect them- 
selves; and by grave, prudent, and holy 
actions, put a crown of glory upon their 
own gray heads. — Bp. Hopkins. 

These are the effects of doting age; 
vain doubts, and idle cares, and over- 
caution. — Dry den. 

There are two things which grow 
stronger in the breast of man, in propor- 
tion as he advances in years: the love 
of country and religion. Let them be 
never so much forgotten in youth, they 
sooner or later present themselves to us 
arrayed in all their charms, and excite 
in the recesses of our hearts an attach- 
ment justly due to their beauty. — 

Thirst of power and of riches now 
bear sway, the passion and infirmity of 
age. — Froude. 

Youth changes its tastes by the 
warmth of its blood; age retains its 
tastes by habit. — Rochefoucauld. 

There is not a more repulsive spectacle 
than an old man who will not forsake 
the world, which has already forsaken 
him. — Tholuck. 

AGITATION.— Agitation is the mar- 
shalling of the conscience of a nation 
to mould its laws. — Sir R. Peel. 

Agitation prevents rebellion, keeps the 
peace, and secures progress. Every step 
she gains is gained forever. Muskets are 
the weapons of animals. Agitation is 
the atmosphere of the brains. — Wendell 

Those who mistake the excitement 
and agitation of reform for the source 
of danger, must have overlooked all 

We believe in excitement when the 
theme is great; in agitation when huge 
evils are to be reformed. It is thus that 
a state or nation clears itself of great 
moral wrongs, and effects important 
changes. Still waters gather to them- 
selves poisonous ingredients, and scatter 
epidemics and death. The noisy, tumb- 
ling brook, and the rolling and roaring 
ocean, are pure and healthful. The 




moral and political elements need the 
rockings and heavings of free discussion, 
for their own purification. The nation 
feels a healthier pulsation, and breathes 
a more invigorating atmosphere, than if 
puloit, platform, and press, were all 
silent as the tomb, leaving misrule and 
oppression unwatched and unscathed. — 
P. Cooke. 

Agitation, under pretence of reform, 
with a view to overturn revealed truth 
and order, is the worst kind of mischief. 
— C. Simmons. 

Agitation is the method that plants 
the school by the side of the ballot-box. 
— Wendell Phillips. 

AGNOSTICISM.— There is only one 
greater folly than that of the fool who 
says in his heart there is no God, and 
that is the folly of the people that says 
with its head that it does not know 
whether there is a God or not. — Bis- 

An agnostic is a man who doesn't 
know whether there is a God or not, 
doesn't know whether he has a soul or 
not, doesn't know whether there is a 
future life or not, doesn't believe that 
any one else knows any more about 
these matters than he does, and thinks 
it a waste of time to try to find out. — 

The term " agnostic " is only the 
Greek equivalent of the Latin and 
English " Ignoramus " — a name one 
would think scientists would be slow to 
apply to themselves. 

Agnosticism is the philosophical, ethi- 
cal, and religious dry-rot of the modern 
world.— F. E. Abbot. 

AGRARIAN ISM.— The agrarian 
would divide all the property in the 
community equally among its members. 
— But if so divided to-day, industry on 
the one hand, and idleness on the 
other, would make it unequal on the 
morrow. — There is no agrarianism in the 
providence of God. — Tryon Edwards. 

The agrarian, like the communist, 
would bring all above him down to his 
own level, or raise himself to theirs, but 
is not anxious to bring those below him 
up to himself. — C. Simmons. 

AGRICULTURE.— Agriculture is the 

foundation of manufactures, since the 
productions of nature are the materials 
of art. — Gibbon, 

Agriculture not only gives riches to a 
nation, but the only riches she can call 
her own. — Johnson. 

Let the farmer forevermore be 
honored in his calling, for they who labor 
in the earth are the chosen people of 
God. — Jefferson. 

Agriculture for an honorable and high- 
minded man, is the best of all occupa- 
tions or arts by which men procure the 
means of living. — Xenophon. 

Trade increases the wealth and glory 
of a country; but its real strength and 
stamina are to be looked for among the 
cultivators of the land. — Lord Chatham. 

The farmers are the founders of civili- 
zation and prosperity. — Daniel Webster. 

He that would look with contempt on 
the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy 
the name of a man. — H. W. Beecher. 

There seem to be but three ways for 
a nation to acquire wealth: the first 
is by war, as the Romans did, in plunder- 
ing their conquered neighbors — this is 
robbery; the second by commerce, which 
is generally cheating; the third by 
agriculture, the only honest way, wherein 
man receives a real increase of the seed 
thrown into the ground, in a kind of 
continual miracle, wrought by the hand 
of God in his favor, as a reward for his 
innocent life and his virtuous industry. 
— Franklin. 

In the age of acorns, before the times 
of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been 
of more value to mankind than all the 
diamonds of the mines of India. — H. 

The first three men in the world were 
a gardener, a ploughman, and a grazier; 
and if any object that the second of 
these was a murderer, I desire him to 
consider that as soon as he w T as so, he 
quitted our profession, and turned 
builder. — Cowley. 

In a moral point of view, the life of 
the agriculturist is the most pure and 
holy of any class of men; pure, because 
it is the most healthful, and vice can 
hardly find time to contaminate it; and 
holy, because it brings the Deity per- 
petually before his view, giving him 
thereby the most exalted notions of su- 
preme power, and the most endearing 
view of the divine benignity. — Lord John 




Command large fields, but cultivate 
small ones. — Virgil. 

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or 
two blades of grass to grow where only 
one grew before, deserves better of man- 
kind, and does more essential service to 
his country than the whole race of 
politicians put together. — Swift. 

The frost is God's plough which he 
drives through every inch of ground in 
the world, opening each clod, and pul- 
verizing the whole. — Fuller. 

We may talk as we please of lilies, 
and lions rampant, and spread eagles in 
fields of d'or or d'argent, but if heraldry 
were guided by reason, a plough in the 
field arable would be the most noble 
and ancient arms. — Cowley. 

AIMS.— (See " Aspiration.") 

High aims form high characters, and 

great objects bring out great minds. — 

Try on Edwards. 

Have a purpose in life, and having it, 
throw into your work such strength of 
mind and muscle as God has given you. 
— Carlyle. 

The man who seeks one, and but one, 
thing in life may hope to achieve it; 
but he who seeks all things, wherever he 
goes, only reaps, from the hopes which 
he sows, a harvest of barren regrets. — 

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. — 
J. R. Lowell. 

Aim at perfection in everything, 
though in most things it is unattainable; 
however, they who aim at it, and per- 
severe, will come much nearer to it, than 
those whose laziness and despondency 
make them give it up as unattainable. 
— Chesterfield. 

Aim at the sun, and you ma3 r not reach 
it; but your arrow will fly far higher 
than if aimed at an object on a level 
with yourself. — J. Hawes. 

Resolved to live with all my might 
while I do live, and as I shall wish I had 
done ten thousand ages hence. — Jonathan 

It is a sad thing to begin life with low 
conceptions of it. It may not be possible 
for a young man to measure life; but it 
is possible to say, I am resolved to put 
life to its noblest and best use. — T. T. 

Dream manfully and nobly, and thy 
dreams shall be prophets. — Bulwer. 

In great attempts it is glorious even 
to fail. — Longinus. 

We want an aim that can never grow 
vile, and which cannot disappoint our 
hope. There is but one such on earth, 
and it is that of being like God. He 
who strives after union with perfect love 
must grow out of selfishness, and his 
success is secured in the omnipotent 
holiness of God. — S. Brooke. 

What are the aims which are at the 
same time duties? — they are the perfect- 
ing of ourselves, and the happiness of 
others. — Kant. 

High aims and loftly purposes are the 
wings of the soul aiding it to mount to 
heaven. In God's word we have a per- 
fect standard both of duty and character, 
that by the influence of both, appealing 
to the best principles of our nature, we 
may be roused to the noblest and best 
efforts. — S. Spring. 

Providence has nothing good or high 
in store for one who does not resolutely 
aim at something high or good. — A pur- 
pose is the eternal condition of success. 
— T. T. Munger. 

ALCHEMY. — Alchemy may be com- 
pared to the man who told his sons of 
gold buried somewhere in his vineyard, 
where they by digging found no gold, 
but by turning up the mould about the 
roots of their vines, procured a plentiful 
vintage. So the search and endeavors 
to make gold have brought many useful 
inventions and instructive experiments 
to light. — Bacon. 

I have always looked upon alchemy in 
natural philosophy, to be like over en- 
thusiasm in divinity, and to have 
troubled the world much to the same 
purpose. — Sir W. Temple. 

ALLEGORIES.— Allegories, when well 
chosen, are like so many tracks of light 
in a discourse, that make everything 
about them clear and beautiful. — Addi- 

The allegory of a sophist is always 
screwed; it crouches and bows like a 
snake, which is never straight, whether 
she go, creep, or lie still; only when she 
is dead, she is straight enough. — Luther. 

A man conversing in earnest, if he 
watch his intellectual process, will find 
that a material image, more or less 




luminous, arises in his mind with every 
thought which furnishes the vestment of 
the thought. — Hence good writing and 
brilliant discourse are perpetual alle- 
gories. — Emerson. 

Allegories are fine ornaments and good 
illustrations, but not proof. — Luther. 

AMBASSADOR. — An ambassador is 
an honest man sent to lie and intrigue 
abroad for the benefit of his country — 
Sir H. Wotton. 

AMBITION.— Ambition is the germ 
from which all growth of nobleness pro- 
ceeds. — T. D. English. 

Ambition is the spur that makes man 
struggle with destiny. It is heaven's own 
incentive to make purpose great and 
achievement greater. — Donald G. Mitch- 

A noble man compares and estimates 
himself by an idea which is higher than 
himself; and a mean man, by one lower 
than himself. — The one produces aspira- 
tion^ the other ambition, which is the 
way in which a vulgar man aspires. — H . 
W. Beecher. 

Fling away ambition. By that sin 
angels fell. How then can man, the 
image of his Maker, hope to win by it? 
— Shakespeare. 

Ambition often puts men upon doing 
the meanest offices: so climbing is per- 
formed in the same posture as creeping. 

As dogs in a wheel, or squirrels in a 
cage, ambitious men still climb and 
climb, with great labor and incessant 
anxiety, but never reach the top. — Bur- 

Ambition is a lust that is never 
quenched, but grows more inflamed and 
madder by enjoyment. — Otway. 

The noblest spirit is most strongly at- 
tracted by the love of glory. — Cicero. 

It is the nature of ambition to make 
men liars and cheats who hide the truth 
in their hearts, and like jugglers, show 
another thing in their mouths; to cut 
all friendships and enmities to the meas- 
ure of their interest, and put on a good 
face where there is no corresponding 
good will. — Sallust. 

Ambition is the avarice of power; and 
happiness herself is soon sacrified to that 
very lust of dominion which was first 

encouraged only as the best means of 
obtaining it. — Colton. 

To be ambitious of true honor and of 
the real glory and perfection of our 
nature is the very principle and incentive 
of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, 
place, ceremonial respects, and civil 
pageantry, is as vain and little as the 
things are which we court. — Sir. P. Sid- 

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps it- 
self. — Shakespeare. 

Say what we will, we may be sure that 
ambition is an error. Its wear and tear 
of heart are never recompensed; it steals 
away the freshness of life; it deadens 
our vivid and social enjoyments; it shuts 
our souls to our youth; and we are old 
ere we remember that we have made a 
fever and a labor of our raciest years. — 

Ambition is but the evil shadow of 
aspiration. — G. Macdonald. 

Ambition is an idol on whose wings 
great minds are carried to extremes, to 
be sublimely great, or to be nothing. — 

Ambition is not a vice of little people. 
— Montaigne. 

Ambition is not a weakness unless it 
be disproportioned to the capacity. To 
have more ambition than ability is to 
be at once weak and unhappy. — G. S. 

It is by attempting to reach the top 
at a single leap, that so much misery is 
caused in the world. — Cobbett. 

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, 
though she stretch her fingers to touch 
the heavens. — Lilly. 

Ambition thinks no face so beautiful, 
as that which looks from under a crown. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

It is the constant fault and insepar- 
able evil quality of ambition, that it 
never looks behind it. — Seneca. 

Ambition makes the same mistake con- 
cerning power, that avarice makes as to 
wealth. She begins by accumulating it 
as a means to happiness, and finishes by 
continuing to accumulate it as an end. 
— Colton. 

High seats are never but uneasy, and 
crowns are always stuffed with thorns. — 

The tallest trees are most in the 




power of the winds, and ambitious men 
of the blasts of fortune. — Penn. 

Ambition is like love, impatient both 
of delays and rivals. — Denham. 

Most people would succeed in small 
things if they were not troubled by great 
ambitions. — Longfellow. 

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, 
must look down on the hate of those 
below. — Byron. 

Where ambition can cover its enter- 
prises, even to the person himself, under 
the appearance of principle, it is the 
most incurable and inflexible of pas- 
sions. — Hume. 

The slave has but one master, the 
ambitious man has as many as there are 
persons whose aid may contribute to 
the advancement of his fortunes. — 

Ambition is so powerful a passion in 
the human breast, that however high we 
reach we are never satisfied. — Machia- 

Nothing is too high for the daring of 
mortals: we storm heaven itself in our 
folly. — Horace. 

The very substance of the ambitious 
is merely the shadow of a dream. — 

How like a mounting devil in the 
heart rules the unreined ambition. — N. 
P. Willis. 

Too often those who entertain ambi- 
tion, expel remorse and nature. — Shake- 

Too low they build who build below 
the skies. — Young. 

Great souls, by nature half divine, 
soar to the stars, and hold a near ac- 
quaintance with the gods. — Rowe. 

AMERICA. — America is another name 
for opportunity. Our whole history ap- 
pears like a last effort of divine Provi- 
dence in behalf of the human race. — 

America is rising with a giant's 
strength. Its bones are yet but cartilages. 
— Fisher Ames. 

America is a fortunate country; she 
grows by the follies of our European 
nations. — Napoleon. 

America — half-brother of the world. — 

The home of the homeless all over 
the earth. — Street. 

If all Europe were to become a prison, 
America would still present a loop-hole 
of escape; and, God be praised! that 
loop-hole is larger than the dungeon it- 
self. — Heine. 

The home of freedom, and the hope 
of the down-trodden and oppressed 
among the nations of the earth. — Daniel 

This is what I call the American idea, 
a government of the people, by the 
people, and for the people — a govern- 
ment of the principles of eternal justice, 
the unchanging law of God. — Theodore 

America has proved that it is practi- 
cable to elevate the mass of mankind — 
the laboring or lower class — to raise them 
to self-respect, to make them competent 
to act a part in the great right and the 
great duty of self-government; and she 
has proved that this may be done by 
education and the diffusion of knowledge. 
She holds out an example a thousand 
times more encouraging than ever was 
presented before to those nine-tenths 
of the human race who are born without 
hereditary fortune or hereditary rank. — 
Daniel Webster. 

AMIABILITY. — The constant desire 
of pleasing which is the peculiar quality 
of some, may be called the happiest of 
all desires in this, that it rarely fails of 
attaining its end when not disgraced by 
a ff ectation . — Fielding . 

To be amiable is most certainly a 
duty, but it is not to be exercised at 
the expense of any virtue. — He who seeks 
to do the amiable always, can at times 
be successful only by the sacrifice of his 
manhood. — Simms. 

How easy to be amiable in the midst 
of happiness and success. — Mad. Swetch- 

Amiable people, though often subject 
to imposition in their contact with the 
world, yet radiate so much of sunshine 
that they are reflected in all apprecia- 
tive hearts. — Deulzy. 

AMUSEMENTS.— It is doing some 
service to humanity, to amuse innocently. 
They know but little of society who 
think we can bear to be always em- 
ployed, either in duties or meditation, 
without relaxation. — H. More. 




The mind ought sometimes to be di- 
verted, that it may return the better to 
thinking . — Phcedrus . 

Amusement is the waking sleep of 
labor. When it absorbs thought, pa- 
tience, "and strength that might have 
been seriously employed, it loses its dis- 
tinctive character and becomes the task- 
master of idleness. — Willmott. 

Let the world have whatever sports 
and recreations please them best, pro- 
vided they be followed with discretion. 
— Burton. 

Amusement that is excessive and fol- 
lowed only for its own sake, allures and 
deceives us, and leads us down imper- 
ceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave. 
— Pascal. 

The habit of dissipating every serious 
thought by a succession of agreeable 
sensations is as fatal to happiness as to 
virtue ; for when amusement is uniformly 
substituted for objects of moral and 
mental interest, we lose all that elevates 
our enjoyments above the scale of 
childish pleasures. — Anna Maria Porter. 

Amusements are to religion like 
breezes of air to the flame, — gentle ones 
will fan it, but strong ones will put it 
out. — Thomas. 

Innocent amusements are such as ex- 
cite moderately, and such as produce a 
cheerful frame of mind, not boisterous 
mirth; such as refresh, instead of ex- 
hausting, the system; such as recur fre- 
quently, rather than continue long; such 
as send us back to our daily duties in- 
vigorated in body and spirit; such as we 
can partake of in the presence and society 
of respectable friends; such as consist 
with and are favorable to a grateful 
piety; such as are chastened by self-re- 
spect, and are accompanied with the 
consciousness that life has a higher end 
than to be amused. — Channing. 

If those who are the enemies of inno- 
cent amusements had the direction of 
the world, they would take away the 
spring and youth, the former from the 
year, the latter from human life. — Balzac. 

It is a sober truth that people who 
live only to amuse themselves, work 
harder at the task than most people do 
in earning their daily bread. — H. More. 

It is exceedingly deleterious to with- 
draw the sanction of religion from 
amusement. If we feel that it is all in- 

jurious we should strip the earth of its 
flowers and blot out its pleasant sun- 
shine. — E. H. Chapin. 

Dwell not too long upon sports; for 
as they refresh a man that is weary, so 
they weary a man that is refreshed. — 

If you are animated by right principles, 
and are fully awakened to the true 
dignity of life, the subject of amuse- 
ments may be left to settle itself. — T. T. 

Christian discipleship does not involve 
the abandonment of any innocent en- 
joyment. Any diversion or amusement 
which we can use so as to receive pleas- 
ure and enjo3'ment to ourselves, and do 
no harm to others, we are perfectly free 
to use; and any that we cannot use 
without injury to ourselves or harm to 
others, we have no right to use, whether 
we are Christians or not. — W. Gladden. 

I am a great friend to public amuse- 
ments, for they keep people from vice. 
— Johnson. 

Amusement to an observing mind is 
study . — Disra e li. 

It is doing some service to humanity 
to amuse innocently; and they know 
very little of society who think we can 
bear to be always employed, either in 
duties or meditations, without any re- 
laxation. — Sir P. Sidney. 

All amusements to which virtuous 
women are not admitted, are, rely upon 
it, deleterious in their nature. — Thack- 

Joining in the amusements of others 
is, in our social state, the next thing to 
sympathy in their distresses, and even 
the slenderest bond that holds society 
together should rather be strengthened 
than snapt. — Landor. 

The church has been so fearful of 
amusements that the devil has had the 
charge of them ; the chaplet of flowers 
has been snatched from the brow of 
Christ, and given to Mammon. — H. W. 

ANALOGY. — Analogy, although it is 
not infallible, is yet that telescope of 
the mind by which it is marvelously 
assisted in the discovery of both physical 
and moral truth. — Colton. 

Those who reason only by analogies, 
rarely reason by logic, and are generally 




slaves to imagination. — C. Simmons. 

ANARCHY. — Anarchy is the choking, 
sweltering, deadly, and killing rule of no 
rule; the consecration of cupidity and 
braying of folly and dim stupidity and 
baseness, in most of the affairs of men. 
Slop-shirts attainable three half-pence 
cheaper by the ruin of living bodies and 
immortal souls. — Carlyle. 

Burke talked of "that digest of an- 
archy called the Rights of Man." — 

Anarchy is hatred of human authority ; 
atheism of divine authority — two sides 
of the same whole. — Macpherson. 

ANCESTRY. — (See " Birth," and 
" Genealogy.") 

The happiest lot for a man, as far as 
birth is concerned, is that it should be 
such as to give him but little occasion to 
think much about it. — Whately. 

I will not borrow merit from the dead, 
myself an undeserver. — Rowe. 

Every man is his own ancestor, and 
every man is his own heir. He devises 
his own future, and he inherits his own 
past. — H. F. Hedge. 

It is the highest of earthly honors to 
be descended from the great and good. 
— They alone cry out against a noble 
ancestry who have none of their own. 
— Ben Jonson. 

Good blood — descent from the great 
and good, is a high honor and privilege. 
— He that lives worthily of it is deserv- 
ing of the highest esteem; he that does 
not, of the deeper disgrace. — Colton. 

They that on glorious ancestors en- 
large, produce their debt, instead of their 
discharge . — Young. 

We take rank by descent. Such of 
us as have the longest pedigree, and are 
therefore the furthest removed from the 
first who made the fortune and founded 
the family, we are the noblest. — Froude. 

Breed is stronger than pasture. — George 

It is, indeed, a blessing, when the 
virtues of noble races are hereditary. — 

How poor are all hereditary honors, 
those poor possessions from another's 
deeds, unless our own just virtues form 
our title, and give a sanction to our 
fond assumption. — Shirley. 

It is a noble faculty of our nature 
which enables us to connect our thoughts, 
sympathies, and happiness, with what is 
distant in place or time; and looking 
before and after, to hold communion at 
once with our ancestors and our pos- 
terity. There is a moral and philosoph- 
ical respect for our ancestors, which 
elevates the character and improves the 
heart. Next to the sense of religious 
duty and moral feeling, I hardly know 
what should bear with stronger obliga- 
tion on a liberal and enlightened mind, 
than a consciousness of an alliance with 
excellence which is departed; and a con- 
sciousness, too, that in its acts and con- 
duct, and even in its sentiments and 
thoughts, it may be actively operating 
on the happiness of those that come 
after it. — Daniel Webster. 

A grandfather is no longer a social 
institution. — Men do not live in the 
past. — They merely look back. — For- 
ward is the universal cry. 

What can we see in the longest kingly 
line in Europe, save that it runs back to 
a successful soldier? — Walter Scott. 

Some decent, regulated pre-eminence, 
some preference given to birth, is neither 
unnatural nor unjust nor impolitic. — 

It is with antiquity as with ancestry, 
nations are proud of the one, and in- 
dividuals of the other; but if they are 
nothing in themselves, that which is 
their pride ought to be their humilia- 
tion. — Colton. 

The origin of all mankind was the 
same: it is only a clear and a good con- 
science that makes a man noble, for 
that is derived from heaven itself. — 

It is of no consequence of what parents 
a man is born, so he be a man of merit. 
— Horace. 

The glory of ancestors sheds a light 
around posterity; it allows neither their 
good or bad qualities to remain in ob- 
scurity. — Sallust. 

Consider whether we ought not to be 
more in the habit of seeking honor from 
our descendants than from our ancestors; 
thinking it better to be nobly remem- 
bered than nobly born; and striving so 
to live, that our sons, and our sons' sons, 
for ages to come, might still lead their 
children reverently to the doors out of 




which we had been carried to the grave, 
saying, " Look, this was his house, this 
was his chamber." — Ruskin. 

Mere family never made a man great. 
— Thought and deed, not pedigree, are 
the passports to enduring fame. — Skobe- 

It is fortunate to come of distinguished 
ancestry. — It is not less so to be such 
that people do not care to inquire 
whether you are of high descent or not. 
— Bruyere. 

Few people disparage a distinguished 
ancestry except those who have none of 
their own. — ./. Hawes. 

Title and ancestry render a good man 
more illustrious, but an ill one more 
contemptible. — Addison. 

It is a shame for a man to desire honor 
only because of his noble progenitors, 
and not to deserve it by his own virtue. 
— Chrysostom. 

Philosophy does not regard pedigree. 
— She did not receive Plato as a noble, 
but made him so. — Seneca. 

I am no herald to inquire after men's 
pedigrees: it sufficeth me if I know of 
their virtues. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Nothing is more disgraceful than for 
a man who is nothing, to hold himself 
honored on account of his forefathers; 
and yet hereditary honors are a noble 
and splendid treasure to descendants. — 

Some men by ancestry are only the 
shadow of a mighty name. — Lucan. 

Pride in boasting of family antiquity, 
makes duration stand for merit. — Zim- 

The man of the true quality is not he 
who labels himself with genealogical 
tables, and lives on the reputation of 
his fathers, but he in whose conversation 
and behavior there are references and 
characteristics positively unaccountable 
except on the hypothesis that his descent 
is pure and illustrious. — Theodore Parker. 

The inheritance of a distinguished and 
noble name is a proud inheritance to 
him who lives worthily of it. — Colton. 

Honorable descent is, in all nations, 
greatly esteemed. It is to be expected 
that the children of men of worth will 
be like their progenitors; for nobility is 
the virtue of a family. — Aristotle. 

The glory of ancestors sheds a light 

around posterity; it allows neither their 
good nor their bad qualities to remain 
in obscurity. — Sallust. 

It would be more honorable to our 
distinguished ancestors to praise them in 
words less, but in deeds to imitate them 
more. — H. Mann. 

They who depend on the merits of 
ancestors, search in the roots of the tree 
for the fruits which the branches ought 
to produce. — Barrow. 

The man who has nothing to boast of 
but his illustrious ancestry, is like the 
potato — the best part under ground. — 

Distinguished birth is like a cipher: 
it has no power in itself like wealth, or 
talent, or personal excellence, but it tells, 
with all the power of a cipher, when 
added to either of the others. — Boyes. 

The pride of blood has a most im- 
portant and beneficial influence. — It is 
much to feel that the high and honor- 
able belong to a name that is pledged 
to the present by the recollections of 
the past. — L. E. Landon. 

When real nobleness accompanies the 
imaginary one of birth, the imaginary 
mixes with the real and becomes real 
too. — Greville. 

We inherit nothing truly, but what 
our actions make us worthy of. — Chap- 

He that can only boast of ? distin- 
guished lineage, boasts of that which 
does not belong to himself; but he that 
lives worthily of it is always held in the 
highest honor. — Junius. 

All history shows the power of blood 
over circumstances, as agriculture shows 
the power of the seeds over the soil. — 
E. P. Whipple. 

Birth is nothing where virtue is not. — 

Nobility of birth does not always in- 
sure a corresponding nobility of mind; 
if it did, it would alwaj's act as a 
stimulus to noble actions; but it some- 
times acts as a clog rather than a spur. 
— Colton. 

ANECDOTES.— Anecdotes and max- 
ims are rich treasures to the man of the 
world, for he knows how to introduce 
the former at fit places in conversation, 
and to recollect the latter on proper 
occasions. — Goethe. 




Some people exclaim, " Give me no 
anecdotes of an author, but give me his 
works " ; and yet I have often found 
that the anecdotes are more interesting 
than the works. — Disraeli. 

Anecdotes are sometimes the best ve- 
hicles of truth, and if striking and ap- 
propriate are often more impressive and 
powerful than argument. — Try on Ed- 

Occasionally a single anecdote opens 
a character; biography has its compara- 
tive anatomy, and a saying or a senti- 
ment enables the skillful hand to con- 
struct the skeleton. — Willmott. 

Story-telling is subject to two unavoid- 
able defects: frequent repetition and 
being soon exhausted; so that whoever 
values this gift in himself, has need of 
a good memory, and ought frequently 
to shift his company. — Swift. 

ANGELS. — Millions of spiritual crea- 
tures walk the earth unseen, both when 
we sleep and when we wake. — Milton. 

We are never like angels till our 
passion dies. — Decker. 

The guardian angels of life sometimes 
fly so high as to be beyond our sight, 
but they are always looking down upon 
us. — Richter. 

The angels may have wider spheres of 
action and nobler forms of duty than 
ourselves, but truth and right to them 
and to us are one and the same thing. — 
E. H. Chapin. 

ANGER. — Anger begins in folly, and 
ends in repentance. — Pythagoras. 

The fire you kindle for your enemy 
often burns yourself more than him. — 
Chinese Proverb. 

Anger is the most impotent of pas- 
sions. — It effects nothing it goes about, 
and hurts the one who is possessed by it 
more than the one against whom it is 
directed. — Clarendon. 

He that would be angry and sin not, 
must not be angry with anything but 
sin. — Seeker. 

To be angry is to revenge the faults 
of others on ourselves. — Pope. 

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. 

Never forget what a man has said to 
you when he was angry. — If he has 
charged you with anything, you had 
better look it up. — H. W. Beecher. 

Temperate anger well becomes the 

wise. — Philemon. 

When anger rushes, unrestrained, to 
action, like a hot steed, it stumbles in 
its way. — Savage. 

If a man meets with injustice, it is 
not required that he shall not be roused 
to meet it; but if he is angry after he 
has had time to think upon it, that is 
sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the 
coals are. — H. W . Beecher. 

Anger ventilated often hurries to- 
wards forgiveness; anger concealed often 
hardens into revenge. — Bulwer. 

Keep cool and you command every- 
body. — St. Just. 

Anger may be kindled in the noblest 
breasts; but in these the slow droppings 
of an unforgiving temper never take the 
shape and consistency of enduring 
hatred. — G. S. Hillard. 

The continuance and frequent fits of 
anger produce in the soul a propensity 
to be angry; which ofttimes ends in 
choler, bitterness, and morosity, when 
the mind becomes ulcerated, peevish, 
and querulous, and is wounded by the 
least occurrence. — Plutarch. 

Beware of the fury of a patient man. 
— Dry den. 

A man that does not know how to be 
angry, does not know how to be good. 
— Now and then a man should be shaken 
to the core with indignation over things 
evil. — H. W. Beecher. 

There is not in nature, a thing that 
makes man so deformed, so beastly, as 
doth intemperate anger. — John Webster. 

To be angry about trifles is mean and 
childish; to rage and be furious is brut- 
ish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is 
akin to the practice and temper of 
devils; but to prevent and suppress ris- 
ing resentment is wise and glorious, is 
manly and divine. — Watts. 

Men often make up in wrath what 
they want in reason. — Alger. 

Life appears to me too short to be 
spent in nursing animosity cr registering 
wrong. — Charlotte Bronte. 

Consider how much more you often 
suffer from your anger and grief, than 
from those very things for which you are 
angry and grieved. — Marcus Antoninus 

The greatest remedy for anger is de- 
lay. — Seneca. 





Wise anger is like fire from the flint; 
there is a great ado to bring it out; and 
when it does come, it is out again im- 
mediately. — M. Henry. 

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's 
nest. — Malabar Proverb. 

When a man is wrong and won't ad- 
mit it, he always gets angry. — Haliburton. 

When one is in a good sound rage, it 
is astonishing how calm one can be. — 

He who can suppress a moment's 
anger may prevent a day of sorrow. 

To rule one's anger is well; to prevent 
it is still better. — Tryon Edwards. 

Anger is a noble infirmity; the gener- 
ous failing of the just; the one degree 
that riseth above zeal, asserting the pre- 
rogative of virtue. — Tupper. 

The intoxication of anger, like that of 
the grape, shows us to others, but hides 
us from ourselves. — We injure our own 
cause in the opinion of the world when 
we too passionately defend it. — Colton. 

When angry, count ten before you 
speak; if very angry, count a hundred. — 

Consider, when you are enraged at any 
one, what you would probably think if 
he should die during the dispute. — 

Violence in the voice is often only the 
death rattle of reason in the throat. — 

All anger is not sinful, because some 
degree of it, and on some occasions, is 
inevitable. — But it becomes sinful and 
contradicts the rule of Scripture when 
it is conceived upon slight and inade- 
quate provocation, and when it continues 
long. — Foley. 

When passion is on the throne reason 
is out of doors. — M. Henry. 

An angry man is again angry with 
himself when he returns to reason. — 
Publius Syrus. 

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently 
more hurtful to us than the injury that 
provokes it. — Seneca. 

He best keeps from anger who re- 
members that God is always looking 
upon him. — Plato. 

When anger rises, think of the conse- 
quences. — Confucius. 

Beware of him that is slow to anger; 

for when it is long coming, it is the 
stronger when it comes, and the longer 
kept. — Abused patience turns to fury. — 

ANTICIPATION. — All earthly de- 
lights are sweeter in expectation than 
in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures 
more in fruition than in expectation. — 

He who foresees calamities, suffers 
them twice over. — Porteous. 

All things that are, are with more 
spirit chased than enjoyed. — Shakespeare. 

Among so many sad realities we can 
but ill endure to rob anticipation of its 
pleasant visions. — Giles. 

The hours we pass with happy pros- 
pects in view are more pleasant than 
those crowned with fruition. In the 
first case we cook the dish to our own 
appetite; in the last it is cooked for us. 
— Goldsmith. 

We often tremble at an empty terror, 
yet the false fancy brings a real misery. 
— Schiller. 

Suffering itself does less afflict the 
senses than the anticipation of suffering. 
— Quintilian. 

Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as 
the thought of sorrow coming. Airy 
ghosts that work no harm do terrify us 
more than men in steel with bloody pur- 
poses. — T. B. Aldrich. 

In all worldly things that a man pur- 
sues with the greatest eagerness he finds 
not half the pleasure in the possession 
that he proposed to himself in the ex- 
pectation. — South. 

The worst evils are those that never 

Few enterprises of great labor or 
hazard would be undertaken if we had 
not the power of magnifying the advan- 
tages we expect from them. — Johnson. 

Be not looking for evil. — Often thou 
drainest the gall of fear while evil is 
passing by thy dwelling. — Tupper. 

To tremble before anticipated evils, is 
to bemoan what thou hast never lost. — 

We part more easily with what we 
possess than with our expectations of 
what we hope for: expectation always 
goes beyond enjoyment. — Home. 

Our desires always disappoint us; for 




though we meet with something that 
gives us satisfaction, yet it never thor- 
oughly answers our expectation. — Roche- 

Nothing is so good as it seems before- 
hand. — George Eliot. 

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as 
to anticipate misfortunes. — What mad- 
ness is it to be expecting evil before it 
comes. — Seneca. 

Why need a man forestall his date 
of grief, and run to meet that he would 
most avoid? — Milton. 

The joys we expect are not so bright, 
nor the troubles so dark as we fancy 
they will be. — Charles Reade. 

It is expectation makes blessings dear. 
— Heaven were not heaven if we knew 
what it were. — Suckling. 

It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. 
— Bruyere. 

It has been well said that no man 
ever sank under the burden of the day. 
It is when to-morrow's burden is added 
to the burden of to-day that the weight 
is more than a man can bear. — G. Mac- 

ANTIQUITY. — All the transactions of 
the past differ very little from those of 
the present. — M. Antoninus. 

Those we call the ancients were really 
new in everything. — Pascal. 

The earliest and oldest and longest has 
still the mastery of us. — George Eliot. 

All things now held to be old were 
once new. — What to-day we hold up by 
example, will rank hereafter as prec- 
edent. — Tacitus. 

It is one proof of a good education, 
and of a true refinement of feeling, to 
respect antiquity. — Mrs. Sigourney. 

When ancient opinions and rules of 
life are taken away, the loss cannot 
possibly be estimated. — From that mo- 
ment we have no compass to govern us, 
nor can we know distinctly to what port 
to steer. — Burke. 

I do by no means advise you to throw 
away your time in ransacking, like a 
dull antiquarian, the minute and un- 
important parts of remote and fabulous 
times. Let blockheads read, what block- 
heads wrote. — Chesterfield. 

Antiquity ! — I like its ruins better than 
its reconstructions. — Joubert. 

Time consecrates and what is gray 
with age becomes religion. — Schiller. 

Antiquity is enjoyed not by the 
ancients who lived in the infancy of 
things, but by us who live in their ma- 
turity. — Colton. 

What subsists to-day by violence, con- 
tinues to-morrow by acquiescence, and 
is perpetuated by tradition, till at last 
the hoary abuse shakes the gray hairs 
of antiquity at us, and gives itself out 
as the wisdom of ages. — Everett. 

Those old ages are like the landscape 
that shows best in the purple distance, 
all verdant and smooth, and bathed in 
mellow light. — E. H. Chapin. 

ANXIETY. — Anxiety is the rust of 
life, destroying its brightness and weak- 
ening its power. — A childlike and abid- 
ing trust in Providence is its best pre- 
ventive and remedy. — Try on Edwards. 

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry 
about what may never happen. Keep in 
the sunlight. — Franklin. 

Better be despised for too anxious 
apprehensions, than ruined by too con- 
fident security. — Burke. 

How much have cost us the evils that 
never happened ! — Jefferson. 

Don't be forecasting evil unless it is 
what you can guard against. Anxiety is 
good for nothing if we can't turn it into 
a defense. — Meyrick. 

It is not the cares of to-day, but the 
cares of to-morrow that weigh a man 
down. For the needs of to-day we have 
corresponding strength given. — For the 
morrow we are told to trust. — It is not 
ours yet. — G. Macdonald. 

When we borrow trouble, and look 
forward into the future and see what 
storms are coming, and distress our- 
selves before they come, as to how we 
shall avert them if they ever do come, 
we lose our proper trustfulness in God. 
When we torment ourselves with im- 
aginary dangers, or trials, or reverses, 
we have already parted with that per- 
fect love which casteth out fear. — H. W . 

Anxiety is a word of unbelief or un- 
reasoning dread. — We have no right to 
allow it. Full faith in God puts it to 
rest. — Horace Bushnell. 

He is well along the road to perfect 
manhood who does not allow the thou- 




sand little worries of life to embitter his 
temper, or disturb his equanimity. 

An undivided heart which worships 
God alone, and trusts him as it should, 
is raised above anxiety for earthly 
want s. — Geik ie . 

One of the most useless of all things 
is to take a deal of trouble in providing 
against dangers that never come. How 
many toil to la}' up riches which they 
never enjo3 r ; to provide for exigencies 
that never happen; to prevent troubles 
that never come ; sacrificing present com- 
fort and enjoyment in guarding against 
the wants of a period they may never 
live to see. — W. Jay. 

It is not work that kills men; it is 
worry. — Work is healthy; you can 
hardly put more on a man than he can 
bear. — But worry is rust upon the blade. 
— It is not movement that destroys the 
machinery, but friction. — H. W. Beecher. 

Worry not about the possible troubles 
of the future; for if they come, you are 
but anticipating and adding to their 
weight; and if they do not come, your 
worry is useless; and in either case it is 
weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's 
providence. — Try on Edwards. 

Let us be of good cheer, remembering 
that the misfortunes hardest to bear are 
those which never come. — J. R. Lowell. 

Anxiety is the poison of human life; 
the parent of many sins and of more 
miseries. — In a world where everything 
is doubtful, and where we may be disap- 
pointed, and be blessed in disappoint- 
ment, why this restless stir and commo- 
tion of mind? — Can it alter the cause, 
or unravel the mysteiy of human events? 
— Blair. 

Sufficient to each day are the duties 
to be done and the trials to be endured. 
God never built a Christian strong 
enough to carry to-day's duties and to- 
morrow's anxieties piled on the top of 
them. — T. L. Cuyler. 

APOLOGIES. — Apologies only ac- 
count for the evil which they cannot 
alter. — Disraeli. 

Apology is only egotism wrong side 
out. — Nine times out of ten the first 
thing a man's companion knows of his 
short-comings, is from his apology. — 
O. W. Holmes. 

No sensible person ever made an apol- 
ogy. — Emerson. 

APOTHEGMS.— (See " Proverbs.") 
Apothegms are the wisdom of the past 
condensed for the instruction and guid- 
ance of the present. — Try on Edwards. 

The short sayings of wise and good 
men are of great value, like the dust of 
gold, or the sparks of diamonds. — Tillot- 

Apothegms to thinking minds are the 
seeds from which spring vast fields of 
new thought, that may be further culti- 
vated, beautified, and enlarged. — Ram- 

Apothegms are in history, the same as 
pearls in the sand, or gold in the mine. 
— Erasmus. 

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the 
quintessential extracts of thought and 
feeling. — R. W. Alger. 

He is a benefactor of mankind who 
contracts the great rules of life into 
short sentences, that may be easily im- 
pressed on the memor}', and so recur 
habitually to the mind. — Johnson. 

Nothing hits harder, or sticks longer 
in the memory, than an apothegm. — J. 
A. Murray. 

A maxim is the exact and noble ex- 
pression of an important and indispu- 
table truth. — Sound maxims are the 
germs of good; strongly imprinted on 
the memory they fortify and strengthen 
the will. — Joubert. 

The excellence of aphorisms consists 
not so much in the expression of some 
rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the 
comprehension of some useful truth in 
few words. — Johnson. 

Nor do apothegms only serve for orna- 
ment and delight, but also for action and 
civil use, as being the edge tools of 
speech, which cut and penetrate the 
knots of business and affairs. — Bacon. 

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, 
the largest and worthiest portion of our 
knowledge consists of aphorisms, and the 
greatest and best of men is but an apho- 
rism . — Coleridge . 

Under the veil of these curious sen- 
tences are hid those germs of morals 
which the masters of philosophy have 
afterwards developed into so many 
volumes. — Plutarch. 

A man of maxims only, is like a 
cyclops with one eye, and that in the 
back of his head. — Coleridge. 




There are but few proverbial sayings 
that are not true, for they are all drawn 
from experience itself, which is the 
mother of all sciences. — Cervantes. 

Sensible men show their sense by say- 
ing much in few words. — If noble actions 
are the substance of life, good sayings 
are its ornament and guide. — C. Sim- 

Few of the many wise apothegms 
which have been uttered from the time 
of the seven sages of Greece to that of 
poor Richard, have prevented a single 
foolish action. — Macaulay. 

APPEARANCES. — There are no 
greater wretches in the world than many 
of those whom people in general take to 
be happy. — Seneca. 

Do not judge from mere appearances; 
for the light laughter that bubbles on 
the lip often mantles over the depths of 
sadness, and the serious look may be the 
sober veil that covers a divine peace and 
joy. — The bosom can ache beneath dia- 
mond brooches; and many a blithe 
heart dances under coarse wool. — E. H. 

Foolish men mistake transitory sem- 
blances for eternal fact, and go astray 
more and more. — Carlyle. 

Half the work that is done in this 
world is to make things appear what 
they are not. — E. R. Beadle. 

How little do they see what is, who 
frame their hastj^ judgments upon that 
which seems. — Southcy. 

A man of the world must seem to be 
what he wishes to be thought. — Bruyere. 

Beware, so long as you live, of judg- 
ing men by their outward appearance. — 
La Fontaine. 

The world is governed more by ap- 
pearances than by realities, so that it is 
fully as necessarj' to seem to know some- 
thing as to know it. — Daniel Webster. 

The shortest and surest way to live 
with honor in the world, is to be in 
reality what we would appear to be. — 

APPETITE. — Reason should direct, 
and appetite obey. — Cicero. 

Good cheer is no hindrance to a good 
life . — Aristippus. 

Choose rather to punish your appe- 
tites than to be punished by them. — 
Tyrius Maximus. 

Animals feed; man eats. — Only the 
man of intellect and judgment knows 
how to eat. — Savarin. 

Let not thy table exceed the fourth 
part of thy revenue: let thy provision 
be solid, and not far fetched, fuller of 
substance than art: be wisely frugal in 
thy preparation, and freely cheerful in 
thy entertainment: if thy guests be 
right, it is enough ; if not, it is too much : 
too much is a vanity; enough is a feast. 
— Quarles. 

There are so few that resist the allure- 
ments and luxuries of the table, that 
the usual civilities at a meal are very 
like being politely assisted to the grave. 
—N. P. Willis. 

Now good digestion wait on appetite, 
and health on both. — Shakespeare. 

Temperance and labor are the two 
best physicians of man; labor sharpens 
the appetite, and temperance prevents 
from indulging to excess. — Rousseau. 

A well-governed appetite is a great 
part of liberty. — Seneca. 

The lower your senses are kept, the 
better you may govern them. — Appetite 
and reason are like two buckets — when 
one is up, the other is down. — Of the 
two, I would rather have the reason- 
bucket uppermost. — Collier. 

For the sake of health, medicines are 
taken by weight and measure; so ought 
food to be, or by some similar rule. — 

APPLAUSE. — Applause is the spur of 
noble minds; the end and aim of weak 
ones. — Col ton. 

Neither human applause nor human 
censure is to be taken as the test of 
truth; but either should set us upon 
testing ourselves. — Whately. 

When the million applaud you, seri- 
ously ask what harm you have done : 
when they censure you, what good! — 

Applause waits on success. — The fickle 
multitude, like the light straw that floats 
on the stream, glide with the current 
still, and follow fortune. — Franklin. 

Praise from the common people is 
generally false, and rather follows the 
vain than the virtuous. — Bacon. 

A slowness to applaud betrays a cold 
temper or an envious spirit. — H. More. 

popular applause ! — "What heart of 




man is proof against thy sweet, seduc- 
ing charms! — Cowper. 

Great minds had rather deserve con- 
temporaneous applause without obtain- 
ing it, than obtain without deserving it. 
— If it follow them it is well, but they 
will not deviate to follow it. — Colton. 

Man's first care should be to avoid the 
reproaches of his own heart, and next to 
escape the censures of the world. — If the 
last interfere with the first it should be 
entirely neglected. — But if not, there 
cannot be a greater satisfaction to an 
honest mind than to see its own appro- 
bation seconded by the applauses of the 
public. — Addison. 

APPRECIATION. — (See "Influ- 

Next to excellence is the appreciation 
of it. — Thackeray. 

To love one that is great, is almost to 
be great one's self. — Mad. Neckar. 

You may fail to shine in the opinion 
of others, both in your conversation and 
actions, from being superior, as well as 
inferior, to them. — Greville. 

We must never undervalue any per- 
son. — The workman loves not to have 
his work despised in his presence. Now 
God is present everywhere, and every 
person is his work. — De Sales. 

Contemporaries appreciate the man 
rather than the merit; but posterity will 
regard the merit rather than the man. — 

We should allow others' excellences, 
to preserve a modest opinion of our 
own. — Barrow. 

Appreciation, whether of nature, or 
books, or art, or men, depends very 
much on temperament. — What is beauty 
or genius or greatness to one, is far 
from being so to another. — Tryon Ed- 

One of the Godlike things of this 
world is the veneration done to human 
worth by the hearts of men. — Carlyle. 

When a nation gives birth to a man 
who is able to produce a great thought, 
another is born who is able to under- 
stand and admire it. — Joubert. 

No story is the same to us after a 
lapse of time; or rather we who read it 
are no longer the same interpreters. — 
George Eliot. 

Next to invention is the power of 

interpreting invention; next to beauty 
the power of appreciating beauty. — 
Margaret Fuller. 

You will find poetry nowhere unless 
you bring some with you. — Joubert. 

It is with certain good qualities as 
with the senses; those who have them 
not can neither appreciate nor compre- 
hend them in others, — Rochefoucauld. 

We never know a greater character 
unless there is in ourselves something 
congenial to it. — Charming. 

He is incapable of a truly good action 
who finds not a pleasure in contemplat- 
ing the good actions of others. — Lavater. 

In proportion as our own mind is en- 
larged we discover a greater number of 
men of originality. — Commonplace 
people see no difference between one 
man and another. — Pascal. 

Whatever are the benefits of fortune, 
they yet require a palate fit to relish and 
taste them. — Montaigne. 

Every man is valued in this world as 
he shows by his conduct that he wishes 
to be valued. — Bruyere. 

In an audience of rough people a 
generous sentiment always brings down 
the house. — In the tumult of war both 
sides applaud a heroic deed. — T. W. Hig- 

We are very much what others think 
of us. — The reception our observations 
meet with gives us courage to proceed, 
or damps our efforts. — Hazlitt. 

A work of real merit finds favor at 
last. — A. B. Alcott. 

To feel exquisitely is the lot of very 
many; but to appreciate belongs to the 
few. — Only one or two, here and there, 
have the blended passion and under- 
standing which, in its essence, consti- 
tute worship. — C. Auchester. 

ARCHITECTURE. — Architecture is 
the printing press of all ages, and gives 
a history of the state of society in which 
the structure was erected, from the 
cromlachs of the Druids to the toyshops 
of bad taste. — The Tower and West- 
minster Abbey are glorious pages in the 
history of time, and tell the story of an 
iron despotism, and of the cowardice of 
an unlimited power. — Lady Morgan. 

The architecture of a nation is great 
only when it is as universal and estab- 
lished as its language, and when pro- 




vincial differences are nothing more 
than so many dialects. — Ruskiri. 

Architecture is frozen music. — De 

Greek architecture is the flowering of 
geometry. — Emerson. 

Architecture is a handmaid of devo- 
tion. A beautiful church is a sermon 
in stone, and its spire a finger pointing 
to heaven. — Schaff. 

A Gothic church is a petrified religion. 
— Coleridge. 

If cities were built by the sound of 
music, then some edifices would appear 
to be constructed by grave, solemn 
tones, and others to have danced forth 
to light fantastic airs. — Hawthorne. 

Architecture is the art which so dis- 
poses and adorns the edifices raised by 
man, that the sight of them may con- 
tribute to his mental health, power, and 
pleasure. — Ruskin. 

Houses are built to live in, more than 
to look on; therefore let use be pre- 
ferred before uniformity, except where 
both may be had. — Bacon. 

ARGUMENT.— Argument, as usually 
managed, is the worst sort of conversa- 
tion, as in books it is generally the worst 
sort of reading. — Swift. 

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness 
makes error a fault, and truth dis- 
courtesy. — Herbert. 

In argument similes are like songs in 
love; they describe much, but prove 
nothing. — Prior. 

Wise men argue causes; fools decide 
them . — Anacharsis. 

He who establishes his argument by 
noise and command, shows that his rea- 
son is weak. — Montaigne. 

Nothing is more certain than that 
much of the force as well as grace of 
arguments, as well as of instructions, 
depends on their conciseness. — Pope. 

When a man argues for victory and 
not for truth, he is sure of just one 
ally, that is the devil. — Not the defeat 
of the intellect, but the acceptance of 
the heart is the only true object in fight- 
ing with the sword of the spirit. — G. 

Men's arguments often prove nothing 
but their wishes. — Colton. 

Prejudices are rarely overcome by 

argument; not being founded in reason 
they cannot be destroyed by logic. — 
Try on Edwards. 

Clear statement is argument. — W. G. 
T. Shedd. 

If I were to deliver up my whole self 
to the arbitrament of special pleaders, 
to-day I might be argued into an atheist, 
and to-morrow into a pickpocket. — Bul- 

Never argue at the dinner table, for 
the one who is not hungry always gets 
the best of the argument. 

Weak arguments are often thrust be- 
fore my path; but although they are 
most unsubstantial, it is not easy to de- 
stroy them. There is not a more difficult 
feat known than to cut through a cush- 
ion with a sword. — Whately. 

The soundest argument will produce 
no more conviction in an empty head 
than the most superficial declamation; a 
feather and a guinea fall with equal 
velocity in a vacuum. — Colton. 

An ill argument introduced with defer- 
ence will procure more credit than the 
profoundest science with a rough, inso- 
lent, and noisy management. — Locke. 

Heat and animosity, contest and con- 
flict, may shaipen the wits, although 
they rarely do; they never strengthen 
the understanding, clear the perspicacity, 
guide the judgment, or improve the 
heart. — Landor. 

Be calm in arguing: for fierceness 
makes error a fault, and truth dis- 
courtesy; calmness is a great advantage. 
— Herbert. 

There is no good in arguing with the 
inevitable. The only argument avail- 
able with an east wind is to put on your 
greatcoat. — J. R. Lowell. 

The first duty of a wise advocate is 
to convince his opponents that he under- 
stands their arguments, and sympathises 
with their just feelings. — Coleridge. 

There is no dispute managed without 
passion, and yet there is scarce a dispute 
worth a passion. — Sherlock. 

Testimony is like an arrow shot from 
a long-bow; its force depends on the 
strength of the hand that draws it. — 
But argument is like an arrow from a 
cross-bow, which has equal force if 
drawn by a child or a man. — Boyle. 

ARISTOCRACY. — And lords, whose 




parents were the Lord knows who. — De 

Some will always be above others- 
Destroy the inequality to-day, and it 
will appear again to-morrow. — Emerson. 

A social life that worships money or 
makes social distinction its aim, is, in 
spirit, an attempted aristocracy. 

Among the masses, even in revolu- 
tions, aristocracy must ever exist. — De- 
stroy it in the nobility, and it becomes 
centred in the rich and powerful Houses 
of Commons. — Pull them down, and it 
still survives in the master and foreman 
of the workshop. — Guizot. 

I never could believe that Providence 
had sent a few men into the world, ready 
booted and spurred to ride, and millions 
ready saddled and bridled to be ridden. 
— Richard Rumbold. 

Aristocrac}' has three successive ages: 
the age of superiorities, that of priv- 
ileges, and that of vanities. — Having 
passed out of the first, it degenerates in 
the second, and dies away in the third. 
— Chateaubriand. 

ARMY. — The army is a school where 
obedience is taught, and discipline is en- 
forced; where bravery becomes a habit 
and morals too often are neglected; 
where chivalry is exalted, and religion 
undervalued; where virtue is rather 
understood in the classic sense of forti- 
tude and courage, than in the modern 
and Christian sense of true moral ex- 
cellence. — Ladd. 

Armies, though always the supporters 
and tools of absolute power for the time 
being, are always its destroyers too, by 
frequently changing the hands in which 
they think proper to lodge it. — Chester- 

The army is a good book in which to 
study human life. — One learns there to 
put his hand to everything. — The most 
delicate and rich are forced to see 
poverty and live with it ; to understand 
distress; and to know how rapid and 
great are the revolutions and changes 
of life. — De Vigny. 

The best armor is to keep out of gun- 
shot. — Bacon. 

ARROGANCE.— When men are most 
sure and arrogant they are commonly 
most mistaken, giving views to passion 
without that proper deliberation which 

alone can secure them from the grossest 
absurdities. — Hume . 

Nothing is more hateful to a poor 
man than the purse-proud arrogance of 
the rich. — But let the poor man Deconie 
rich and he runs at once into the vice 
against which he so feelingly declaimed. 
— There are strange contradictions in 
human character. — Cumberland. 

The arrogant man does but blast the 
blessings of life and swagger away his 
own enjo3'ments. — To say nothing of the 
folly and injustice of such behavior, it 
is always the sign of a little and un- 
benevolent temper, having no more 
greatness in it than the swelling of the 
dropsy. — Collier. 

ART.. — True art is reverent imitation 
of God. — Try on Edwards. 

All great art is the expression of man's 
delight in God's work, not his own. — 

The highest problem of any art is to 
cause by appearance the illusion of a 
higher reality. — Goethe. 

The true work of art is but a shadow 
of the divine perfection. — Michael 

All that is good in art is the expres- 
sion of one soul talking to another, and 
is precious according to the greatness of 
the soul that utters it. — Ruskin. 

Art, as far as it has the ability, follows 
nature, as a pupil imitates his master, so 
that art must be, as it were, a descend- 
ant of God. — Dante. 

The perfection of art is to conceal 
art . — Quin tilian. 

Never judge a work of art by its de- 
fects. — Washington Allston. 

There is no more potent antidote to 
low sensuality than admiration of the 
beautiful. — All the higher arts of design 
are essentially chaste, without respect to 
the object. — They purify the thoughts, 
as tragedy purifies the passions. — Their 
accidental effects are not worth con- 
sideration; for there are souls to whom 
even a vestal is not holy. — Schlegel. 

The artist is the child in the popular 
fable, every one of whose tears was a 
pearl. Ah! the world, that cruel step- 
mother, beats the poor child the harder 
to make him shed more pearls. — Heine. 

The highest triumph of art, is the tru- 
est presentation of nature. — N. P. Willis. 




The names of great painters are like 
passing bells. — In Velasquez you hear 
sounded the fall of Spain ; in Titian, that 
of Venice; in Leonardo, that of Milan; 
in Raphael, that of Rome. — And there 
is profound justice in this; for in pro- 
portion to the nobleness of power is the 
guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile ; 
and hitherto the greater the art the more 
surely has it been used, and used solely, 
for the decoration of pride, or the pro- 
voking of sensuality. — Ruskin. 

The mission of art is to represent 
nature; not to imitate her. — W.M.Hunt. 

The real truthfulness of all works of 
imagination, — sculpture, painting, and 
written fiction, is so purely in the imagi- 
nation, that the artist never seeks to 
represent positive truth, but the ideal- 
ized image of a truth. — Bulwer. 

The ordinary true, or purely real, can- 
not be the object of the arts. — Illusion 
on a ground of truth, that is the secret 
of the fine arts. — Joubert. 

Art does not imitate nature, but 
founds itself on the study of nature — 
takes from nature the selections which 
best accord with its own intention, and 
then bestows on them that which nature 
does not possess, viz. : the mind and soul 
of man. — Bulwer. 

The object of art is to crystallize emo- 
tion into thought, and then fix it in 
form. — Delsarte. 

The learned understand the reason of 
art; the unlearned feel the pleasure. — 

The highest problem of every art is, 
by means of appearances, to produce the 
illusion of a loftier reality. — Goethe. 

The mother of the useful art, is neces- 
sity; that of the fine arts, is luxury. — 
The former have intellect for their 
father; the latter, genius, which itself is 
a kind of luxury. — Schopenhauer. 

The painter is, as to the execution of 
his work, a mechanic; but as to his con- 
ception and spirit and design he is hardly 
below even the poet. — Schiller. 

In the art of design, color is to form 
what verse is to prose, a more harmoni- 
ous and luminous vehicle of thought. — 
Mrs. Jameson. 

Very sacred is the vocation of the 
artist, who has to do directly with the 
works of God, and interpret the teach- 
ing of creation to mankind. All honor 

to the man who treats it sacredly; who 
studies, as in God's presence, the 
thoughts of God which are expressed to 
him; and makes all things according 
to the pattern which he is ever ready to 
show to earnest and reverent genius on 
the mount. — Brown. 

Art employs method for the S3 r mmet- 
rical formation of beauty, as science em- 
ploys it for the logical exposition of 
truth; but the mechanical process is, in 
the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while 
in the first it escapes from sight amid 
the shows of color and the shapes of 
grace. — Bulwer. 

Would that we could at once paint 
with the eyes! — In the long way from 
the eye through the arm to the pencil, 
how much is lost! — Lessing. 

The artist ought never to perpetuate 
a temporary expression. 

In sculpture did any one ever call the 
Apollo a fancy piece; or say of the 
Laocoon how ft might be made different ? 
— A masterpiece of art has, to the mind, 
a fixed place in the chain of being, as 
much as a plant or a crystal. — Emerson. 

Art does not lie in copying nature. — 
Nature furnishes the material by means 
of which to express a beauty still unex- 
pressed in nature. — The artist beholds 
in nature more than she herself is con- 
scious of. — H. James. 

The highest art is always the most 
religious, and the greatest artist is al- 
ways a devout man. — A scoffing Raph- 
ael, or an irreverent Michael Angelo, is 
not conceivable. — Blaikie. 

Artists are nearest God. Into their 
souls he breathes his life, and from their 
hands it comes in fair, articulate forms 
to bless the world. — J. G. Holland. 

Since I have known God in a savins 
manner, painting, poetry, and music 
have had charms unknown to me before. 
— I have either received what I suppose 
is a taste for them, or religion has re- 
fined my mind, and made it susceptible 
of new impressions from the sublime 
and beautiful. — O, how religion secures 
the heightened enjoyment of those pleas- 
ures which keep so many from God by 
their being a source of pride! — Henry 

ARTIFICE. — The ordinary employ- 
ment of artifice, is the mark of a petty 
mind ; and it almost always happens that 




he who uses it to cover himself in one 
place, uncovers himself in another. — 

To know how to dissemble is the 
knowledge of kings. — Richelieu-. 

Artifice is weak; it is the work of mere 
man, in the imbecility and self distrust 
of his mimic understanding. — Hare. 

ASCETICISM. — Three forms of as- 
ceticism have existed in this weak 
world. — Religious asceticism, being the 
refusal of pleasure and knowledge for 
the sake, as supposed, of religion; seen 
chiefly in the middle ages. — Military as- 
ceticism, being the refusal of pleasure 
and knowledge for the sake of power; 
seen chiefly in the early da3 r s of Sparta 
and Rome. — And monetary asceticism, 
consisting in the refusal of pleasure and 
knowledge for the sake of money; seen 
in the present days of London and Man- 
chester. — Ruskin . 

I recommend no sour ascetic life. I 
believe not only in the thorns on the 
rosebush, but in the roses which the 
thorns defend. Asceticism is the child 
of sensuality and superstition. She is 
the secret mother of many a secret sin. 
God, when he made man's body, did not 
give us a fibre too much, nor a passion 
too many. — Theodore Parker. 

ASKING. — I am prejudiced in favor 
of him who, without impudence, can ask 
boldly. — He has faith in humanity, and 
faith in himself. — No one who is not 
accustomed to give grandly can ask 
nobly and with boldness. — Lavater. 

ASPIRATION.— (See "Aims," and 
" Ambition.") 

It is not for man to rest in absolute 
contentment. — He is born to hopes and 
aspirations as the sparks fly upward, un- 
less he has brutified his nature and 
quenched the spirit of immortality which 
is his portion. — Southey. 

'Tis not what man does which exalts 
him, but what man would do! — Brown- 

There is not a heart but has its mo- 
ments of longing, yearning for something 
better, nobler, holier than it knows now. 
— H. W. Beecher. 

Man ought always to have something 
that he prefers to life; otherwise life 
itself will seem to him tiresome and 
void. — Seume. 

They build too low who build beneath 
the skies. — Young. 

Be always displeased with what thou 
art if thou desire to attain to what thou 
art not, for where thou hast pleased thy- 
self, there thou abidest. — Quarles. 

There is no sorrow I have thought 
more about than that — to love what is 
great, and try to reach it, and yet to 
fail. — George Eliot. 

The heart is a small thing, but de- 
sireth great matters. It is not sufficient 
for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world 
is not sufficient for it. — Quarles. 

We are not to make the ideas of con- 
tentment and aspiration quarrel, for God 
made them fast friends. — A man may 
aspire, and yet be quite content until it 
is time to rise; and both flying and rest- 
ing are but parts of one contentment. 
The very fruit of the gospel is aspira- 
tion. It is to the heart what spring is to 
the earth, making every root, and bud. 
and bough desire to be more. — H W. 

It seems to me we can never give up 
longing and wishing while we are thor- 
oughly alive. There are certain things 
we feel to be beautiful and good, and 
we must hunger after them. — George 

What we truly and earnestly aspire to 
be, that in some sense we are. The mere 
aspiration, by changing the frame of the 
mind, for the moment realises itself. — 
Mrs. Jameson. 

God has never ceased to be the one 
true aim of all right human aspirations. 
— Vinet. 

Aspirations after the holy — the only 
aspirations in which the soul can be as- 
sured it will never meet with disap- 
pointment. — Maria Mcintosh. 

The desires and longings of man are 
vast as eternity, and they point him to 
it. — Try on Edwards. 

There are glimpses of heaven to us in 
every act, or thought, or word, that 
raises us above ourselves. — A. P. Stan- 

ASSERTIONS.— Weigh not so much 
what men assert, as what they prove. — 
Truth is simple and naked, and needs 
not invention to apparel her comeliness. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

Assertion, unsupported by fact, is 




nugatory. — Surmise and general abuse, 
in however elegant language, ought not 
to pass for truth. — Junius. 

It is an impudent kind of sorcery to 
attempt to blind us with the smoke, 
without convincing us that the fire has 
existed . — Junius . 

ASSOCIATES. — (See " Companion- 

Tell me with whom thou art found, 
and I will tell thee who thou art. — 

If you wish to be held in esteem, you 
must associate only with those who are 
estimable. — Bruyere. 

Evil communications corrupt good 
manners. — Menander. 

We gain nothing by being with such 
as ourselves: we encourage each other 
in mediocrity. — I am always longing to 
be with men more excellent than my- 
self. — Lamb. 

You may depend upon it that he is 
a good man whose intimate friends are 
all good, and whose enemies are de- 
cidedly bad. — Lavater. 

When one associates with vice, it is 
but one step from companionship to 

Be very circumspect in the choice of 
thy company. In the society of thine 
equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; 
in the society of thy superiors thou shalt 
find more profit. To be the best in the 
company is the way to grow worse; the 
best means to grow better is to be the 
worst there. — Quarles. 

No company is far preferable to bad, 
because we are more apt to catch the 
vices of others than their virtues, as 
disease is more contagious than health. 
— Colton. 

Choose the company of your superiors 
whenever you can have it; that is the 
right and true pride. — Chesterfield. 

No man can be provident of his time, 
who is not prudent in the choice of his 
company. — Jeremy Taylor. 

A man should live with his superiors 
as he does with his fire: not too near, 
lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he 
freeze. — Diogenes. 

Company, villainous company hath 
been the ruin of me. — Shakespeare. 

It is best to be with those in time, 

that we hope to be with in eternity. — 

It is certain that either wise bearing 
or ignorant carriage is caught, as men 
take diseases, one of another; therefore 
let men take heed of their company. — 

Frequent intercourse and intimate 
connection between two persons, make 
them so alike, that not only their dis- 
positions are moulded like each other, 
but their very faces and tones of voice 
contract a similarity. — Lavater. 

It is no small happiness to attend 
those from whom we may receive pre- 
cepts and examples of virtue. — Bp. Hall. 

When we live habitually with the 
wicked, we become necessarily their vic- 
tims or their disciples; on the contrary, 
when we associate with the virtuous we 
form ourselves in imitation of their vir- 
tues, or at least lose, every day, some- 
thing of our faults. — Agapet. 

In all societies it is advisable to as- 
sociate if possible with the highest; not 
that they are always the best, but be- 
cause, if disgusted there, we can always 
descend; but if we begin with the lowest 
to ascend is impossible. — Colton. 

It is only when men associate with the 
wicked with the desire and purpose of 
doing them good, that they can rely 
upon the protection of God to preserve 
them from contamination. — C. Hodge. 

It is meet that noble minds keep ever 
with their likes; for who so firm that 
cannot be seduced. — Shakespeare. 

People will in a great degree, and not 
without reason, form their opinion of 
you by that they have of your friends, 
as, says the Spanish proverb, " Tell me 
with whom you live and I will tell you 
who you are." 

Those unacquainted with the world 
take pleasure in intimacy with great 
men; those who are wiser fear the con- 
sequences . — Horace . 

ASSOCIATION.— I have only to tafce 
up this or that to flood my soul with 
memories. — Madame Deluzy. 

There is no man who has not some 
interesting associations with particular 
scenes, or airs, or books, and who does 
not feel their beauty or sublimity en- 
hanced to him by such connections. — 

That man is little to be envied whose 




patriotism would not gain force on the 
plain of Marathon, or whose piety 
would not grow warmer amid the ruins 
of Iona. — Johnson. 

He whose heart is not excited on the 
spot which a martyr has sanctified by 
his sufferings, or at the grave of one who 
has greatly benefited mankind, must be 
more inferior to the multitude in his 
moral, than he possibly can be above 
them in his intellectual nature. — 

ASTRONOMY.— Astronomy is one of 
the sublimest fields of human investiga- 
tion. The mind that grasps its facts 
and principles receives something of the 
enlargement and grandeur belonging to 
the science itself. — It is a quickener of 
devotion. — H. Mann. 

No one can contemplate the great 
facts of astronomy without feeling his 
own littleness and the wonderful sweep 
of the power and providence of God. — 
Try on Edwards. 

An undevout astronomer is mad. — 

The contemplation of celestial things 
will make a man both speak and think 
more sublimely and magnificently when 
he comes down to human affairs. — 

ATHEISM.— The three great apostles 
of practical atheism that make converts 
without persecuting, and retain them 
without preaching, are health, wealth, 
and power. — Colton. 

Atheism is rather in the life than in 
the heart of man. — Bacon. 

To be an atheist requires an infinitely 
greater measure of faith than to receive 
all the great truths which atheism would 
deny. — Addison. 

Atheism, if it exists, is the result of 
ignorance and pride, of strong sense and 
feeble reason, of good eating and ill liv- 
ing. — It is the plague of society, the 
corrupter of morals, and the underminer 
of property. — Jeremy Collier. 

If a man of sober habits, moderate, 
chaste, and just in all his dealings should 
assert there is no God, he would at least 
speak without interested motives; but 
such a man is not to be found. — Bruyere. 

No one is so thoroughly superstitious 
as the godless man. Life and death to 
him are haunted grounds, filled with 

goblin forms of vague and shadowy 
dread. — Mrs. Stowe. 

Atheism is the death of hope, the 
suicide of the soul. 

The footprint of the savage in the 
sand is sufficient to prove the presence 
of man to the atheist who will not recog- 
nize God though his hand is impressed 
on the entire universe. — Hugh Miller. 

Few men are so obstinate in their 
atheism, that a pressing danger will not 
compel them to the acknowledgment of 
a divine power. — Plato. 

A little philosophy inclineth men's 
minds to atheism; but depth in philoso- 
phy bringeth men's minds to religion; 
for while the mind of man looketh upon 
second causes scattered, it may some- 
times rest in them, and go no further. — 
But when it beholdeth the chain of 
them, confederate and linked together, 
it must needs fly to Providence and 
Deity. — Bacon. 

Virtue in distress, and vice in triumph, 
make atheists of mankind. — Dryden,. 

Atheism is the folly of the metaphy- 
sician, not the folly of human nature. — 
George Bancroft. 

In agony or danger, no nature is athe- 
ist. — The mind that knows not what to 
fly to, flies to God.— H. More. 

The atheist is one who fain would pull 
God from his throne, and in the place of 
heaven's eternal king set up the phan- 
tom chance. — Glynn. 

Plato was right in calling atheism a 
disease. — The human intellect in its 
healthy action, holds it for certain that 
there is a Great Being over us, invisible, 
infinite, ineffable, but of real, solid per- 
sonality, who made and governs us, and 
who made and governs all things. — R. D. 

An irreligious man, a speculative or a 
practical atheist, is as a sovereign, who 
A r oluntarily takes off his crown and de- 
clares himself unworthy to reign. — 

Atheism is never the error of society, 
in any stage or circumstance whatever. 
— In the belief of a Deity savage and 
sage have alike agreed. — The great error 
has been, not the denial of one God, but 
the belief of many; but polytheism has 
been a popular and poetical, rather than 
a philosophical error. — Henry Fergus. 




Atheism is a disease of the soul, before 
it becomes an error of the understand- 
ing. — Plato. 

God never wrought miracles to con- 
vince atheism, because His ordinary 
works convince it. — Bacon. 

There are innumerable souls that 

would resent the charge of the fool's 

atheism, yet daily deny God in very 

The atheist is one of the most daring 
beings in creation — a contemner of God 
who explodes his laws by denying his 
existence. — John Foster. 

What can be more foolish than to 
think that all this rare fabric of heaven 
and earth could come by chance, when 
all the skill of art is not able to make 
an oyster? To see rare effects, and no 
cause; a motion, without a mover; a 
circle, without a centre; a time, without 
an eternity; a second, without a first: 
these are things so against philosophy 
and natural reason, that he must be a 
beast in understanding who can believe 
in them. The thing formed, says that 
nothing formed it; and that which is 
made, is, while that which made it is 
not! This folly is infinite. — Jeremy 

A traveller amid the scenery of the 
Alps, surrounded by the sublimest 
demonstrations of God's power, had the 
hardihood to write against his name, in 
an album kept for visitors, "An atheist." 
Another who followed, shocked and in- 
dignant at the inscription, wrote be- 
neath it, "If an atheist, a fool; if not, a 
liar!"— G. B. Cheever. 

Atheists put on a false courage in the 
midst of their darkness and misappre- 
hensions, like children who when they 
fear to go in the dark, will sing or whistle 
to keep up their courage. — Pope. 

Whoever considers the study of anat- 
omy can never be an atheist. — Lord 

ATTENTION.— The power of apply- 
ing attention, steady and undissipated, 
to a single object, is the sure mark of a 
superior genius. — Chesterfield. 

Few things are impracticable in them- 
selves: and it is for want of application, 
rather than of means, that men fail of 
success. — Rochefoucauld. 

Attention makes the genius; all learn- 
ing, fancy, science, and skill depend 

upon it. — Newton traced his great dis- 
coveries to it. — It builds bridges, opens 
new worlds, heals diseases, carries on 
the business of the world. — Without it 
taste is useless, and the beauties of 
literature unobserved. — Willmott. 

If I have made any improvement in 
the sciences, it is owing more to patient 
attention than to anything beside. — Sir 
I. Newton. 

If there be anything that can be called 
genius, it consists chiefly in ability to 
give that attention to a subject which 
keeps it steadily in the mind, till we 
have surveyed it accurately on all sides. 
— Reid. 

It is attention, more than any differ- 
ence between minds and men. — In this 
is the source of poetic genius, and of the 
genius of discovery in science. — It was 
this that led Newton to the invention 
of fluxions, and the discovery of gravita- 
tion, and Harvey to find out the circula- 
tion of the blood, and Davy to those 
views which laid the foundation of mod- 
ern chemistry. — Brodie. 

AUTHORITY.— (See "Office.") 

Nothing is more gratifying to the 
mind of man than power or dominion. 
— Addison. 

Nothing sooner overthrows a weak 
head than opinion of authority; like too 
strong liquor for a frail glass. — Sir P. 

Nothing more impairs authority than 
a too frequent or indiscreet use of it. 
If thunder itself was to be continual, it 
would excite no more terror than the 
noise of a mill. 

Man, proud man! dressed in a little 
brief authority, plays such fantastic 
tricks before high heaven as make the 
angels weep. — Shakespeare. 

They that govern make least noise, as 
they that row the barge do work and 
puff and sweat, while he that governs 
sits quietly at the stern, and scarce is 
seen to stir. — Selden. 

He who is firmly seated in authority 
soon learns to think security, and not 
progress, the highest lesson of statecraft 
— J. R. Lowell. 

AUTHORSHIP.— Authorship, accord- 
ing to the spirit in which it is pursued, 
is an infancy, a pastime, a labor, a handi- 
craft, an art, a science, or a virtue. — 




The two most engaging powers of an 
author, are, to make new things familiar, 
and familiar things new. — Johnson. 

It is quite as much of a trade to make 
a book, as to make a clock. — It requires 
more than mere genius to be an author. 
— Bruyere. 

No author is so poor that he cannot 
be of some service, if only as a witness 
of his time. — Fauchet. 

To write well is to think well, to feel 
well, and to render well; it is to possess 
at once intellect, soul, and taste. — Buff on. 

He who purposes to be an author, 
should first be a student. — Dry den. 

Never write on a subject without first 
having read yourself full on it; and 
never read on a subject till you have 
thought yourself hungry on it. — Richter. 

Clear writers, like clear fountains, do 
not seem so deep as they are ; the turbid 
seem the most profound. — Landor. 

No fathers or mothers think their own 
children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet 
stronger with respect to the offspring of 
the mind. — Cervantes. 

The most original authors are not so 
because they advance what is new, but 
because they put what they have to say 
as if it had never been said before. — 

The chief glory of a country, says 
Johnson, arises from its authors. — But 
this is only when they are oracles of 
wisdom. — Unless they teach virtue they 
are more worthy of a halter than of the 
laurel. — Jane Porter. 

Next to doing things that deserve to 
be written, nothing gets a man more 
credit, or gives him more pleasure than 
to write things that deserve to be read. 
— Chesterfield. 

There are three difficulties in author- 
ship: — to write anything worth publish- 
ing — to find honest men to publish it — 
and to get sensible men to read it. — 

Talent alone cannot make a writer; 
there must be a man behind the book. — 

Every author in some degree portrays 
himself in his works, even if it be against 
his will. — Goethe. 

Writers are the main landmarks of the 
past. — Bulwer. 

A great writer is the friend and bene- 
factor of his readers. — Macaulay. 

Satire lies about men of letters during 
their lives, and eulogy after their death. 
— Voltaire. 

It is doubtful whether mankind are 
most indebted to those who like Bacon 
and Butler dig the gold from the mine 
of literature, or to those who, like Paley, 
purify it, stamp it, fix its real value, and 
give it currency and utility. — Colton. 

Authorship is a royal priesthood; but 
woe to him who rashly lays unhallowed 
hands on the ark or altar, professing a 
zeal for the welfare of the race, only to 
secure his own selfish ends. — Horace 

AUTUMN. — The melancholy days are 
come, the saddest of the year. — Bryant. 

A moral character is attached to 
autumnal scenes. — The flowers fading 
like our hopes, the leaves falling like our 
years, the clouds fleeting like our illu- 
sions, the light diminishing like our 
intelligence, the sun growing colder like 
our affections, the rivers becoming frozen 
like our lives — all bear secret relations 
to our destinies. — Chateaubriand. 

Season of mist and mellow fruitful- 
ness. — Keats. 

The Sabbath of the year. — Logan. 

Magnificent autumn! He comes not 
like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds; not 
like a hermit, clad in gray; but like a 
warrior with the stain of blood on his 
brazen mail. — His crimson scarf is rent; 
his scarlet banner dripping with gore; 
his step like a flail on the threshing 
floor. — Longfellow. 

The leaves in autumn do not change 
color from the blighting touch of frost, 
but from the process of natural decay. 
— They fall when the fruit is ripened, 
and their work is done. — And their 
splendid coloring is but their graceful 
and beautiful surrender of life when they 
have finished their summer offering of 
service to God and man. And one of 
the great lessons the fall of the leaf 
teaches, is this: Do your work well, and 
then be ready to depart when God shall 
call. — Try on Edwards. 

The tints of autumn — a mighty flower 
garden, blossoming under the spell of 
the enchanter, frost. — Whittier. 

Who at this season does not feel im- 




pressed with a sentiment of melancholy? 
— Or who is able to resist the current of 
thought, which, from the appearances of 
decay, so naturally leads to the solemn 
imagination of that inevitable fate which 
is to bring on alike the decay of life, of 
empire, and of nature itself? — A. Alison. 

AVARICE. — Avarice is the vice of de- 
clining years. — Bancroft. 

The lust of avarice has so totally seized 
upon mankind that their wealth seems 
rather to possess them, than they to 
possess their wealth. — Pliny. 

We are but stewards of what we 
falsely call our own; yet avarice is so 
insatiable that it is not in the power of 
abundance to content it. — Seneca. 

How quickly nature falls into revolt 
when gold becomes her object. — Shake- 

Poverty wants some things, luxury 
many, avarice all things. — Cowley. 

It is one of the worst effects of pros- 
perity that it makes a man a vortex in- 
stead of a fountain, so that instead of 
throwing out, he learns only to draw in. 
— H. W. Beecher. 

Avarice begets more vices than Priam 
did children, and like Priam survives 
them all. — It starves its keeper to surfeit 
those who wish him dead, and makes 
him submit to more mortifications to 
lose heaven than the martyr undergoes 
to gain it. — Colton. 

As objects close to the eye shut out 
larger objects on the horizon, so man 
sometimes covers up the entire disc of 
eternity with a dollar, and quenches 
transcendent glories with a little shining 
dust. — E. H. Chapin. 

Avarice increases with the increasing 
pile of gold. — Juvenal. 

Worse poison to men's souls, doing 
more murders in this loathsome world 
than any mortal drug. — Shakespeare. 

Avarice is to the intellect and heart, 
what sensuality is to the morals. — Mrs. 

The lust of gold, unfeeling and re- 
morseless, the last corruption of degen- 
erate man. — Johnson. 

Avarice is generally the last passion of 
those lives of which the first part has 
been squandered in pleasure, and the 
second devoted to ambition. He that 
sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, 

lulls his age with the milder business of 
saving it. — Johnson. 

Study rather to fill your mind than 
your coffers; knowing that gold and 
silver were originally mingled with dirt, 
until avarice or ambition parted them. 
— Seneca. 

The avaricious man is like the barren 
sandy ground of the desert which sucks 
in all the rain and dew with greediness, 
but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for 
the benefit of others. — Zeno. 

All the good things of the world are 
no further good to us than as they are 
of use ; and of all we may heap up we 
enjoy only as much as we can use, and 
no more. — DeFoe. 

cursed lust of gold! when for thy 
sake the fool throws up his interest in 
both worlds, first starved in this, then 
damned in that to come. — Blair. 

Avarice, in old age, is foolish; for 
what can be more absurd than to in- 
crease our provisions for the road the 
nearer we approach to our journey's end? 
— Cicero. 

How vilely has he lost himself who 
has become a slave to his servant, and 
exalts him to the dignity of his Maker! 
Gold is the friend, the wife, the god of 
the money-monger of the world. — Penn. 

Avarice reigns most in those who have 
but few good qualities to commend 
them: it is a weed that will grow only 
in a barren soil.— Hughes. 

Some men are thought sagacious 
merely on account of their avarice; 
whereas a child can clench its fist the 
moment it is born. — Shenstone. 

The avarice of the miser is the grand 
sepulchre of all his other passions as they 
successively decay; but unlike other 
tombs it is enlarged by reflection and 
strengthened by age. — Colton. 

Avarice is always poor, but poor by 
its own fault. — Johnson. 

Because men believe not in providence, 
therefore they do so greedily scrape and 
hoard. — They do not believe in any re- 
ward for charity, and therefore they will 
part with nothing. — Barrow. 

AWKWARDNESS. — Awkwardness is 
a more real disadvantage than it is gen- 
erally thought to be : it often occasions 
ridicule, and always lessens dignity. — 




An awkward man never does justice 
to himself; to his intelligence, to his in- 
tentions, or to his actual merit. — A fine 
person, or a beauteous face are in vain 
without the grace of deportment. — 


BABBLERS.— (See " Gossip.") 

They always talk who never think. — 

Fire and sword are but slow engines 
of destruction in comparison with the 
babbler. — Steele. 

Talkers are no good doers, be assured. 
— We go to use our hands and not our 
tongues. — Shakespeare. 

BABE. — Of all the joys that lighten 
suffering earth, what joy is welcomed 
like a new-born child? — Mrs. Norton. 

A babe in the house is a well-spring of 
pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, 
a resting place for innocence on earth, 
a link between angels and men. — Tupper. 

A sweet new blossom of humanity, 
fresh fallen from God's own home, to 
flower on earth. — Massey. 

Some wonder that children should be 
given to young mothers. — But what in- 
struction does the babe bring to the 
mother! — She learns patience, self-con- 
trol, endurance; her very arm grows 
strong so that she holds the dear burden 
longer than the father can. — T. W. Hig- 

Living jewels, dropped unstained from 
heaven. — Pollock. 

A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet 
folded. — Byron. 

The coarsest father gains a new im- 
pulse to labor from the moment of his 
baby's birth. — Every stroke he strikes is 
for his child. — New social aims, and new 
moral motives come vaguely up to him. 
— T. W. Higginson. 

Good Christian people, here is for you 
an inestimable loan. — Take all heed 
thereof, and in all carefulness employ it. 
— With high recompense, or else with 
heavy penalty, will it one day be re- 
quired back. — Carlyle. 

Could we understand half^ what 
mothers say and do to us when infants, 
we should be filled with such conceit of 
our own importance as would make us 

insupportable through life. — Happy the 
child whose mother is tired of talking 
nonsense to him before he is old enough 
to know the sense of it. — Hare. 

BACHELOR.— I have no wife or chil- 
dren, good or bad, to provide for; a 
mere spectator of other men's fortunes 
and adventures, and how they play their 
parts; which, methinks, are diversely 
presented unto me, as from a common 
theatre or scene. — Bur tori. 

Because I will not do the wrong to 
mistrust any, I will do myself the right 
to trust none; I will live a bachelor. — 


A man unattached, and without a 
wife, if he have anj^ genius at all, may 
raise himself above his original position, 
may mingle with the world of fashion, 
and hold himself on a level with the 
highest; but this is less easy for him 
who is engaged. — It seems as if marriage 
put the whole world in their proper 
rank. — Bruyere. 

A bachelor's life is a splendid break- 
fast; a tolerably flat dinner; and a most 
miserable supper. 

BALLADS. — Ballads are the vocal 
portraits of the national mind. — Lamb. 

Ballads are the gipsy children of song, 
born under green hedge-rows, in the 
leafy lanes and by-paths of literature, in 
the genial summer time. — Longfellow. 

Let me write the ballads of a nation, 
and I care not who may make its laws. 
— Fletcher of Saltoun. 

A well composed song or ballad strikes 
the mind, and softens the feelings, and 
produces a greater effect than a moral 
work, which convinces our reason but 
does not warm our feelings or effect the 
slightest alteration of our habits. — Na- 

Ballads and popular songs are both 
the cause and effect of general morals; 
they are first formed, and then re-act. — 
In both points of view they are an index 
of public morals. — H. Martineau. 

BARGAIN. — I will give thrice so much 
land to any well-deserving friend; but 
in the way of bargain, mark me, I will 
cavil on the ninth part of a hair. — 

A dear bargain is always disagreeable, 
particularly as it is a reflection on the 
buyer's judgment. 




Whenever you buy or sell, let or hire, 
make a definite bargain, and never trust 
to the flattering lie, " We shan't disagree 
about trifles." 

There are many things in which one 
gains and the other loses; but if it is 
essential to any transaction that only 
one side shall gain, the thing is not of 
God. — G. Macdonald. 

BASENESS. — Every base occupation 
makes one sharp in its practice, and dull 
in every other. — Sir P. Sidney. 

There is a law of forces which hinders 
bodies from sinking beyond a certain 
depth in the sea; but in the ocean of 
baseness the deeper we get the easier the 
sinking. — J. R. Lowell. 

Baseness of character or conduct not 
only sears the conscience, but deranges 
the intellect. — Right conduct is con- 
nected with right views of truth. — Colton. 

BASHFULNESS. — There are two 
kinds of bashfulness: one, the awkward- 
ness of the booby, which a few steps 
into the world will convert into the 
pertness of a coxcomb; the other, a con- 
sciousness, which the most delicate feel- 
ings produce, and the most extensive 
knowledge cannot always remove. — 
— Mackenzie. 

Bashfulness is more frequently con- 
nected with good sense than with over- 
assurance; and impudence, on the other 
hand, is often the effect of downright 
stupidity. — Shenstone. 

Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a 
man, both in uttering his sentiments 
and in understanding what is proposed to 
him ; it is therefore good to press forward 
with discretion, both in discourse and 
company of the better sort. — Bacon. 

Conceit not so high an opinion of any 
one as to be bashful and impotent in 
their presence. — Fuller. 

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, 
but a reproach to old age. — Aristotle. 

Bashfulness may sometimes exclude 
pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue 
to sorrow or remorse. — Johnson. 

We do not accept as genuine the per- 
son not characterized by this blushing 
bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, 
this sensibility to the sentiment of 
suavity and self-respect. Modesty is 
bred of self-reverence. — Fine manners 
are the mantle of fair minds. — None are 

truly great without this ornament. — 
A. B. Alcott. 

We must prune it with care, so as 
only to remove the redundant branches, 
and not injure the stem, which has its 
root in a generous sensitiveness to shame. 
— Plutarch. 

BEARD.— He that hath a beard is 
more than a youth, and he that hath 
none is less than a man. — Shakespeare. 

Beard was never the true standard of 
brains. — Fuller. 

BEAUTY.— Socrates called beauty a 
short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of 
nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; 
Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Car- 
neades, a solitary kingdom; Aristotle, 
that it was better than all the letters of 
recommendation in the world; Homer, 
that it was a glorious gift of nature, and 
Ovid, that it was a favor bestowed by 
the gods. 

The fountain of beauty is the heart, 
and every generous thought illustrates 
the walls of your chamber. 

If virtue accompanies beauty it is the 
heart's paradise ; if vice be associate with 
it, it is the soul's purgatory. — It is the 
wise man's bonfire, and the fool's fur- 
nace. — Quarles. 

The best part of beauty is that which 
no picture can express. — Bacon. 

Beauty hath so many charms one 
knows not how to speak against it; and 
when a graceful figure is the habitation 
of a virtuous soul — when the beauty of 
the face speaks out the modesty and 
humility of the mind, it raises our 
thoughts up to the great Creator; but 
after all, beauty, like truth, is never so 
glorious as when it goes the plainest. — 

The beauty seen, is partly in him who 
sees it. — Bovee. 

After all, it is the divinity within that 
makes the divinity without; and I have 
been more fascinated by a woman of 
talent and intelligence, though deficient 
in personal charms, than I have been by 
the most regular beauty. — Washington 

There is no more potent antidote to 
low sensuality than the adoration of 
beauty. — All the higher arts of design are 
essential^ chaste. — They purify the 
thoughts, as tragedy, according to Aris- 
totle, purifies the passions. — Schlegel. 




There is no beautifier of complexion, 
or form, or behavior, like the wish to 
scatter joy and not pain around us. 

Even virtue is more fair when it ap- 
pears in a beautiful person. — Virgil. 

Beauty is but the sensible image of 
the Infinite. — Like truth and justice it 
lives within us; like virtue and the moral 
law it is a companion of the soul. — 

That which is striking and beautiful is 
not always good; but that which is good 
is always beautiful. — Ninon de VEnclos. 

If either man or woman would realize 
the full power of personal beauty, it 
must be by cherishing noble thoughts 
and hopes and purposes; by having 
something to do and something to live 
for that is worthy of humanity, and 
which, by expanding the capacities of 
the soul, gives expansion and symmetry 
to the body which contains it. — Upham. 

Every trait of beauty may be referred 
to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, 
generosity, modesty, or heroism. — St. 

To cultivate the sense of the beauti- 
ful, is one of the most effectual ways of 
cultivating an appreciation of the divine 
goodness . — Bo vee. 

No man receives the full culture of a 
man in whom the sensibility to the 
beautiful is not cherished; and there is 
no condition of life from which it should 
be excluded. — Of all luxuries this is the 
cheapest, and the most at hand, and most 
important to those conditions where 
coarse labor tends to give grossness to 
the mind. — Channing. 

To give pain is the tyranny; to make 
happy, the true empire of beaut} r . — 

If the nose of Cleopatra had been a 
little shorter, it would have changed the 
history of the world. — Pascal. 

Beauty in a modest woman is like fire 
at a distance, or a sharp sword beyond 
reach. — The one does not burn, or the 
other wound those that come not too 
near them. — Cervantes. 

Beauty is often worse than wine; in- 
toxicating both the holder and beholder. 
— Zimmerman. 

The most natural beauty in the world 
is honesty and moral truth. — For all 
beauty is truth. — True features make the 

beauty of the face; true proportions, 
the beauty of architecture; true meas- 
ures, the beauty of harmony and music. 
— Shaftesbury. 

How goodness heightens beauty! — 
Hannah More. 

Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. 
— Every natural action is graceful ; every 
heroic act is also decent, and causes the 
place and the bystanders to shine. — 

The soul, by an instinct stronger than 
reason, ever associates beauty with truth. 
— Tuckerman. 

No woman can be handsome by the 
force of features alone, any more than 
she can be witty by only* the help of 
speech. — Hughes. 

Beauty is like an almanack: if it last 
a year it is well. — T. Adams. 

There are no better cosmetics than a 
severe temperance and purity, modesty 
and humility, a gracious temper and 
calmness of spirit; and there is no true 
beauty without the signatures of these 
graces in the very countenance. — Ray. 

The common foible of women who 
have been handsome is to forget that 
they are no longer so. — Rochefoucauld. 

How much wit, good-nature, indul- 
gences, how many good offices and 
civilities, are required among friends to 
accomplish in some years what a lovely 
face or a fine hand does in a minute! — 

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are 
easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for 
the most part it makes a dissolute youth, 
and an age a little out of countenance; 
but if it light well, it makes virtues shine 
and vice blush. — Bacon. 

Beauty is an outward gift which is 
seldom despised, except by those to 
whom it has been refused. — Gibbon. 

A woman who could alwaj's love would 
never grow old; and the love of mother 
and wife would often give or preserve 
many charms if it were not too often 
combined with parental and conjugal 
anger. There remains in the faces of 
women who are naturally serene and 
peaceful, and of those rendered so by 
religion, an after-spring, and later an 
after-summer, the reflex of their most 
beautiful bloom. — Richter. 

Beauty is the first present nature gives 




to women and the first it takes away. 
— Mere. 

If you tell a woman she is beautiful, 
whisper it softly; for if the devil hears 
it he will echo it many times. — Durivage. 

An appearance of delicacy, and even of 
fragility, is almost essential to beauty. — 

Beauty is but a vain and doubtful 
good; a shining gloss that fadeth sud- 
denly; a flower that dies when it begins 
to bud; a doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, 
a flower, lost, faded, broken, dead within 
an hour. — Shakespeare. 

What tender force, what dignity di- 
vine, what virtue consecrating every 
feature ; around that neck what dross are 
gold and pearl! — Young. 

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is 
as a flower without perfume. — From the 

Loveliness needs not the aid of foreign 
ornament, but is, when unadorned, 
adorned the most. — Thomson. 

I pray thee, God, that I may be 
beautiful within. — Socrates. 

All beauty does not inspire love ; some 
beauties please the sign without captivat- 
ing the affections. — Cervantes. 

The criterion of true beauty is, that 
it increases on examination; if false, that 
it lessens. — There is therefore, something 
in true beauty that corresponds with 
right reason, and is not the mere creation 
of fancy. — Greville. 

Every year of my life I grow more 
convinced that it is wisest and best to 
fix our attention on the beautiful and 
the good, and dwell as little as possible 
on the evil and the false. — Cecil. 

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter 
the seeds of heavenly flowers, as bj^ 
doing good we cultivate those that be- 
long to humanity. — Howard. 

In all ranks of life the human heart 
yearns for the beautiful; and the beauti- 
ful things that God makes are his gift 
to all alike. — H. B. Stowe. 

Beauty attracts us men; but if, like 
an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, 
with gold or silver, it attracts with ten- 
fold power. — Richter. 

There should be as little merit in 
loving a woman for her beauty, as a man 
for his prosperity, both being equally 
subject to change. — Pope. 

Never lose an opportunity of seeing 
anything that is beautiful; for beauty is 
God's handwriting — a wayside sacrament. 
Welcome it in eveiy fair face, in every 
fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank 
God for it as a cup of blessing. — Emer- 

Beauty of form affects the mind, but 
then it must not be the mere shell that 
we admire, but the thought that this 
shell is only the beautiful case adjusted 
to the shape and value of a still more 
beautiful pearl within. — The perfection 
of outward loveliness is the soul shining 
through its crystalline covering. — Jane 

0! how much more doth beauty 
beauteous seem, bj' that sweet orna- 
ment which truth doth give! — Shake- 

BED.— (See "Sleep.") 

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we 
go to it with reluctance, 3^et we quit it 
with regret; we make up our minds 
every night to leave it early, but we 
make up our bodies every morning to 
keep it late. — Colt on. 

What a delightful thing rest is! — The 
bed has become a place of luxury to me. 
— I would not exchange it for all the 
thrones in the world. — Napoleon. 

In bed we laugh; in bed we cry; in 
bed are born; in bed we die; the near 
approach the bed doth show, of human 
bliss to human woe. — Benserade. 

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes 
a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. — 

Night is the time for rest; how sweet 
when labors close, to gather round an 
aching heart the curtain of repose; 
stretch the tired limbs, and lay the 
weary head down on our own delightful 
bed. — J. Montgomery. 

BEGINNINGS. — Let us watch well 
our beginnings, and results will manage 
themselves. — Alex. Clark. 

When the ancients said a work well 
begun was half done, they meant to 
impress the importance of always en- 
deavoring to make a good beginning. — 

Meet the first beginnings; look to the 
budding mischief before it has time to 
ripen to maturity. — Shakespeare. 

BEHAVIOR. — Behavior is a mirror in 




which every one displays his image. — 

What is becoming in behavior is honor- 
able, and what is honorable is becoming. 
— Cicero. 

A consciousness of inward knowledge 
gives confidence to the outward behavior, 
which, of all things, is the best to grace 
a man in his carriage. — Feltham. 

Levity of behavior is the bane of all 
that is good and virtuous. — Seneca. 

Oddities and singularities of behavior 
may attend genius, but when they do, 
they are its misfortunes and blemishes. 
— The man of true genius will be 
ashamed of them; at least he will never 
affect to distinguish himself by whimsical 
peculiarities. — Sir W. Temple. 

BELIEF.— (See " Religion.") 

Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's 
self; for what we wish, that we readily 
believe. — Demosthenes. 

There are many great truths which we 
do not deny, and which nevertheless we 
do not fully believe. — J. W. Alexander. 

He that will believe only what he can 
fully comprehend, must have a very 
long head or a veiy short creed. — Colton. 

There are three means of believing, by 
inspiration, by reason, and by custom. — 
Christianity, which is the only rational 
system, admits none for its sons who do 
not believe according to inspiration. — 

A man may be a heretic in the truth; 
and if he believes things, only on the 
authority of others without other reason, 
then, though his belief be true, yet the 
very truth he holds becomes heresy. — 

Remember that what 3 r ou believe will 
depend very much upon what you are. 
— Noah Porter. 

Orthodoxy is nry doxy; heterodoxy is 
another man's doxy. — Bp. Warburton. 

We are slow to believe that which if 
believed would hurt our feelings. — Ovid. 

The practical effect of a belief is the 
real test of its soundness. — Froude. 

You believe easily what you hope for 
earnestly. — Terence. 

Some believe all that parents, tutors, 
and kindred believe. — They take their 
principles by inheritance, and defend 
them as they would their estates, be- 

cause they are born heirs to them. — 

In belief lies the secret of all valuable 
exertion. — Bulwer. 

A skeptical young man one day, con- 
versing with the celebrated Dr. Pair, 
observed, that he would believe nothing 
which he could not understand. "Then, 
young man, your creed will be the short- 
est of any man's I know." 

I am not afraid of those tender and 
scrupulous consciences who are ever cau- 
tious of professing and believing too 
much; if they are sincerely wrong, I 
forgive their errors and respect their in- 
tegrity. — The men I am afraid of are 
those who believe everything, subscribe 
to everything, and vote for everything. 
— Shipley. 

He who expects men to be always as 
good as their beliefs, indulges a ground- 
less hope ; and he who expects men to be 
always as bad as their beliefs, vexes 
himself with a needless fear. — J. S. 

It is a singular fact that many men of 
action incline to the theory of fatalism, 
while the greater part of men of thought 
believe in a divine providence. — Balzac. 

Newton, Pascal, Bossuet, Racine. 
Fenelon, that is to say some of the most 
enlightened men on earth, in the most 
philosophical of all ages, have been be- 
lievers in Jesus Christ; and the great 
Conde, when dying, repeated these noble 
words, "Yes, I shall see God as he is, 
face to face! " — Vauvenargues. 

BENEFICENCE. — Christian benef- 
icence takes a large sweep; that circum- 
ference cannot be small of which God is 
the centre. — Hannah More. 

Doing good is the only certainly happy 
action of a man's life. — Sir P. Sidney. 

To pity distress is but human; to re- 
lieve it is Godlike. — A. Mann. 

We should give as we would receive, 
cheerfully, quickly, and without hesita- 
tion; for there is no grace in a benefit 
that sticks to the fingers. — Seneca. 

We enjoy thoroughly only the pleas- 
ure that we give. — Dumas. 

The luxury of doing good surpasses 
every other personal enjoyment. — Gay. 

He that does good to another, does 
good also to himself, not only in the 
consequences, but in the very act; for 




the consciousness of well doing is, in 
itself, ample reward. — Seneca. 

God has so constituted our nature that 
we cannot be happy unless we are, or 
think we are, the means of good to 
others. — We can scarcely conceive of 
greater wretchedness than must be felt 
by him who knows he is wholly useless 
in the world. — Erskine Mason. 

Men resemble the gods in nothing so 
much as in doing good to their fellow- 
creatures. — Cicero. 

Rich people should consider that they 
are only trustees for what they possess, 
and should show their wealth to be more 
in doing good than merely in having it. 
—They should not reserve their benevo- 
lence for purposes after they are dead, 
for those who give not of their property 
till they die show that they would not 
then if they could keep it any longer.— 
Bp. Hall. 

It is another's fault if he be ungrate- 
ful; but it is mine if I do not give.— 
To find one thankful man, I will oblige 
a great many that are not so. — I had 
rather never receive a kindness than 
never bestow one. — Not to return a 
benefit is a great sin; but not to confer 
one is a greater. — Seneca. 

For his bounty there was no winter to 
it; an autumn it was that grew more by 
reaping. — Shakespeare. 

There is no use of money equal to 
that of beneficence; here the enjoyment 
grows on reflection; and our money is 
most truly ours when it ceases to be in 
our possession. — Mackenzie. 

Time is short; — your obligations are 
infinite. — Are your houses regulated, 
your children instructed, the afflicted 
relieved, the poor visited, the work of 
piety accomplished ? — Massillon. 

I never knew a child of God being 
bankrupted by his benevolence. What 
we keep we may lose, but what we give 
to Christ we are sure to keep. — T. L. 

Be charitable before wealth makes 
thee covetous. — Sir T. Browne. 

Of all the virtues necessary to the 
completion of the perfect man, there is 
none to be more delicately implied and 
less ostentatiously vaunted than that of 
exquisite feeling or universal benevo- 
lence. — Bulwer. 

Money spent on ourselves may be a 
millstone about the neck; spent on 
others it may give us wings like eagles. 
— R. D. Hitchcock. 

You are so to give, and to sacrifice to 
give, as to earn the eulogium pronounced 
on the woman, "She hath done what she 
could." — Do it now. — It is not safe to 
leave a generous feeling to the cooling 
influences of a cold world. — Guthrie. 

The greatest pleasure I know is to do 
a good action by stealth, and to have it 
found out by accident. — Lamb. 

Beneficence is a duty; and he who 
frequently practises it, and sees his be- 
nevolent intentions realized comes, at 
length, really to love him to whom he 
has done good. — Kant. 

Time, which gnaws and diminishes all 
things else, augments and increaseth 
benefits; because a noble action of 
liberality doth grow continually by our 
generously thinking of it and remem- 
bering it. — Rabelais. 

BENEVOLENCE. — (See "Kind- 

To feel much for others, and little for 
ourselves; to restrain our selfish, and 
exercise our benevolent affections, con- 
stitutes the perfection of human nature. 
— Adam Smith. 

Benevolent feeling ennobles the most 
trifling actions. — Thackeray. 

There cannot be a more glorious ob- 
ject in creation than a human being 
replete with benevolence, meditating 
in what manner he may render himself 
most acceptable to the Creator by doing 
good to his creatures. — Fielding. 

Benevolence is allied to few vices; 
selfishness to fewer virtues. — Home. 

In this world it is not what we take 
up, but what we give up, that makes us 
rich. — H. W. Beecher. 

He who will not give some portion of 
his ease, his blood, his wealth, for others' 
good, is a poor frozen churl. — Joanna 

He only does not live in vain, who 
employs his wealth, his thought, his 
speech to advance the good of others. — 
Hindoo Maxim. 

I truly enjoy no more of the world's 
good things than what I willingly dis- 
tribute to the needy. — Seneca. 

It is good for us to think that no grace 




or blessing is truly ours till we are aware 
that God has blessed some one else with 
it through us. — Phillips Brooks. 

They who scatter with one hand, 
gather with two, not always in coin, but 
in kind. Nothing multiplies so much 
as kindness. — Wray. 

Genuine benevolence is not stationaiy, 
but peripatetic; it goes about doing 
good. — W. Nevins. 

Do not wait for extraordinary circum- 
stances to do good actions: try to use 
ordinary situations. — Richter. 

The best way to do good to ourselves, 
is to do it to others; the right way to 
gather, is to scatter. 

This is the law of benefits between 
men; the one ought to forget at once 
what he. has given, and the other ought 
never to forget what he has received. — 

Never did any soul do good, but it 
came readier to do the same again, with 
more enjoyment. Never was love, or 
gratitude, or bounty practised, but with 
increasing jo3 r , which made the practiser 
still more in love with the fair act. — 

The one who will be found in trial 
capable of great acts of love is ever 
the one who is always doing considerate 
small ones. — F. W. Robertson. 

It is the glory of the true religion that 
it inculcates and inspires a spirit of 
benevolence. — It is a religion of charity, 
which none other ever was. — Christ went 
about doing good; he set the example to 
his disciples, and they abounded in it. — 

Rare benevolence! the minister of 
God. — Carlyle. 

When Fenelon's library was on fire, 
" God be praised," he said, " that it is 
not the dwelling of some poor man." 

The conqueror is regarded with awe; 
the wise man commands our respect; but 
it is only the benevolent man that wins 
our affection. 

The disposition to give a cup of cold 
water to a disciple, is a far nobler prop- 
erty than the finest intellect. — Howells. 

He who wishes to secure the good of 
others, has already secured his own. — 

Just in proportion as a man becomes 
good, divine, Christ-like, he passes out 

of the region of theorizing into the region 
of benevolent activities. — It is good to 
think well; it is divine to act well. — 
H. Mann. 

It is no great part of a good man's 
lot to enjoy himself. — To be good and 
to do good are his ends, and the glory 
is to be revealed hereafter. — S. I. Prime. 

BEST THINGS.— A firm faith is the 
best divinity ; a good life, the best philos- 
ophy; a clear conscience, the best law; 
honesty, the best policy; and temper- 
ance the best physic; — living for both 
worlds is the wisest and best life. 

BIBLE. — The Bible is the only source 
of all Christian truth; — the only rule for 
the Christian life;— the only book that 
unfolds to us the realities of eternity. 

There is no book like the Bible for 
excellent wisdom and use. — Sir M. Hale. 

The philosophers, as Varro tells us, 
counted up three hundred and twenty 
answers to the question, " What is the 
supreme good? " How needful, then, is 
a divine revelation, to make plain what 
is the true end of our being. — Tryon 

There never was found, in any age of 
the world, either religion or law that did 
so highly exalt the public good as the 
Bible. — Bacon. 

The Bible is a window in this prison 
of hope, through which we look into 
eternity. — D wight. 

The Bible is the light of my under- 
standing, the joy of my heart, the full- 
ness of my hope, the clarifier of my af- 
fections, the mirror of my thoughts, the 
consoler of my sorrows, the guide of my 
soul through this gloomy labyrinth of 
time, the telescope sent from heaven 
to reveal to the eye of man the amaz- 
ing glories of the far distant world. 

The Bible contains more true sub- 
limity, more exquisite beauty, more pure 
morality, more important history, and 
finer strains of poetry and eloquence, 
than can be collected from all other 
books, in whatever age or language they 
may have been written. — Sir Wm. Jones. 

In what light soever we regard the 
Bible, whether with reference to revela- 
tion, to history, or to morality, it is an 
invaluable and inexhaustible mine of 
knowledge and virtue. — J. Q. Adams. 

Bad men or devils would not have 




written the Bible, for it condemns them 
and their works, — good men or angels 
could not have written it, for in saying 
it was from God when it was but their 
own invention, they would have been 
guilty of falsehood, and thus could not 
have been good. The only remaining 
being who could have written it, is God 
— its real author. 

The Scriptures teach us the best way 
of living, the noblest way of suffering, 
and the most comfortable way of dying. 
— Flavel. 

There are no songs comparable to the 
songs of Zion ; no orations equal to those 
of the prophets; and no politics like 
those which the Scriptures teach. — 

It is a belief in the Bible, the fruit of 
deep meditation, which has served me 
as the guide of my moral and literary 
life. — I have found it a capital safely 
invested, and richly productive of inter- 
est. — Goethe. 

The longer you read the Bible, the 
more you will like it; it will grow 
sweeter and sweeter; and the more you 
get into the spirit of it, the more you 
will get into the spirit of Christ. — 

I have always said, I always will say, 
that the studious perusal of the sacred 
volume will make better citizens, better 
fathers, and better husbands. — Jefferson. 

Men cannot be well educated without 
the Bible. It ought, therefore, to hold 
the chief place in every seat of learning 
throughout Christendom; and I do not 
know of a higher service that could be 
rendered to this republic than the bring- 
ing about this desirable result. — E. Nott. 

The general diffusion of the Bible is 
the most effectual waj r to civilize and 
humanize mankind; to purify and exalt 
the general system of public morals; to 
give efHcac3' - to the just precepts of in- 
ternational and municipal law; to en- 
force the observance of prudence, tem- 
perance, justice and fortitude; and to 
improve all the relations of social and 
domestic life. — Chancellor Kent. 

Scholars may quote Plato in their 
studies, but the hearts of millions will 
quote the Bible at their daily toil, and 
draw strength from its inspiration, as 
the meadows draw it from the brook. — 

The Bible goes equally to the cottage 
of the peasant, and the palace of the 
king. — It is woven into literature, and 
colors the talk of the street. — The bark 
of the merchant cannot sail without it; 
and no ship of war goes to the conflict 
but it is there. — It enters men's closets; 
directs their conduct, and mingles in all 
the grief and cheerfulness of life. — Theo- 
dore Parker. 

The Bible is one of the greatest bless- 
ings bestowed by God on the children 
of men. — It has God for its author; sal- 
vation for its end, and truth without any 
mixture for its matter. — It is all pure, all 
sincere; nothing too much; nothing 
wanting. — Locke. 

The man of one book is always for- 
midable; but when that book is the 
Bible he is irresistible. — W. M. Taylor. 

To say nothing of its holiness or 
authority, the Bible contains more speci- 
mens of genius and taste than any other 
volume in existence. — Landor. 

So great is my veneration for the 
Bible, that the earlier my children begin 
to read it the more confident will be 
my hopes that they will prove useful 
citizens to their country and respectable 
members of society. — /. Q. Adams. 

The incongruity of the Bible with the 
age of its birth; its freedom from earthly 
mixtures; its original, unborrowed, 
solitary greatness; the suddenness with 
which it broke forth amidst the general 
gloom ; these, to me, are strong indica- 
tions of its Divine descent: I cannot 
reconcile them with a human origin. — 

I believe that the Bible is to be under- 
stood and received in the plain and ob- 
vious meaning of its passages; for I can- 
not persuade myself that a book in- 
tended for the instruction and conversion 
of the whole world should cover its true 
meaning in any such mystery and doubt 
that none but critics and philosophers 
can discover it. — Daniel Webster. 

The Gospel is not merely a book — it 
is a living power — a book surpassing all 
others. — I never omit to read it, and 
every day with the same pleasure. No- 
where is to be found such a series of 
beautiful ideas, and admirable moral 
maxims, which pass before us like the 
battalions of a celestial army . . . The 
soul can never go astray with this book 




for its guide. — Napoleon on St. Helena. 

Turn from the oracles of man — still 
dim even in their clearest response — to 
the oracles of God, which are never dark. 
Bury all your books when you feel the 
night of skepticism gathering around 
you; bury them all, powerful though 
you may have deemed their spells to 
illuminate the unfathomable; open your 
Bible, and all the spiritual world will be 
as bright as day. — /. Wilson. 

The Bible belongs to the world. — It 
has outlived all other books as a mighty 
factor in civilization, as radical in its 
unique and peerless teachings, as identi- 
fied with the promotion of liberty, as 
the companion or pioneer of commerce, 
as the foundation of civil government, 
as the source and support of learning, as 
both containing and fostering literature 
of the noblest order, as the promoter and 
purifier of art, and as the book which 
claims to be, and is, from God. 

Never yet did there exist a full faith 
in the divine word which did not expand 
the intellect, while it purified the heart; 
which did not multiply and exalt the 
aims and objects of the understanding, 
while it fixed and simplified those of the 
desires and feelings. — S. T. Coleridge. 

There is not in the whole compass of 
human literature a book like the Bible, 
which deals with such profound topics, 
which touches human nature on so many 
sides of experience, which relates so 
especially to its duties and sorrows and 
temptations, and yet which looks over 
the whole field of life with such sym- 
pathy and cheerfulness of spirit. — The 
New Testament is a book of radiant joy. 
— H. W. Beecher. 

When that illustrious man, Chief Jus- 
tice Jay, was dying he was asked if he 
had any farewell address to leave his 
children. He replied, " They have the 

In this little book (the New Testa- 
ment), is contained all the wisdom of 
the world. — Ewald. 

All the distinctive features and superi- 
ority of our republican institutions are 
derived from the teachings of Scripture. 
— Everett. 

Read your Bible, making it the first 
morning business of your life to under- 
stand some portion of it clearly, and 
your daily business to obey it in all that 

you do understand. To my early knowl- 
edge of the Bible I owe the best part 
of my taste in literature, and the most 
precious, and on the whole, the one 
essential part of my education. — Ruskin. 

The majesty of Scripture strikes me 
with admiration, as the purity of the 
Gospel has its influence on my heart. 
Peruse the works of our philosophers ; 
with all their pomp of diction, how mean, 
how contemptible, are they, compared 
with the Scriptures! Is it possible that 
a book at once so simple and sublime 
should be merely the work of man? 
The Jewish authors were incapable of 
the diction, and strangers to the morality 
contained in the Gospel, the marks of 
whose truths are so striking and inimi- 
table that the inventor would be a more 
astonishing character than the hero. — 

The morality of the Bible is, after all, 
the safety of society. — The doctrine of 
the golden rule, the interpretation of the 
law as love to God and man, and the 
specific directions in it to husbands and 
wives, parents and children, masters and 
servants, rulers and citizens, and the 
warnings against covetousness and sin 
are the best preventives and cure of all 
political diseases. — F. C. Monjort. 

I use the Scriptures not as an arsenal 
to be resorted to only for arms aad 
weapons, but as a matchless temple, 
where I delight to contemplate the 
beauty, the symmetry, and the mag- 
nificence of the structure, and to increase 
my awe and excite my devotion to the 
Deity there preached and adored. — Boyle. 

That the truths of the Bible have the 
power of awakening an intense moral 
feeling in every human being; that they 
make bad men good, and send a pulse of 
healthful feeling through all the domes- 
tic, civil, and social relations; that they 
teach men to love right, and hate wrong, 
and seek each other's welfare as children 
of a common parent; that they control 
the baleful passions of the heart, and 
thus make men proficient in self-govern- 
ment; and finally that they teach man 
to aspire after conformity to a being of 
infinite holiness, and fill him with hopes 
more purifying, exalted, and suited to 
his nature than any other book the 
world has ever known — these are facts 
as incontrovertible as the laws of philoso- 



phy, or the demonstrations of mathe- 
matics. — F. Wayland. 

We account the Scriptures of God to 
be the most sublime philosophy. I find 
more sure marks of authenticity in the 
Bible than in any profane history what- 
ever. — Isaac Newton. 

Of the Bible, says Garibaldi, " This is 
the cannon that will make Italy free." 

Sink the Bible to the bottom of the 
ocean, and still man's obligations to God 
would be unchanged. — He would have 
the same path to tread, only his lamp 
and his guide would be gone; — the same 
voyage to make, but his chart and com- 
pass would be overboard. — H. W. 

I know the Bible is inspired because 
it finds me at greater depths of my being 
than any other book. — Coleridge. 

The highest earthly enjoyments are 
but a shadow of the joy I find in reading 
God's word. — Lady Jane Grey. 

They who are not induced to believe 
and live as they ought by those dis- 
coveries which God hath made in Scrip- 
ture, would stand out against any evi- 
dence whatever; even that of a mes- 
senger sent express from the other world. 
— Atterbury. 

Do you know a book that you are 
willing to put under your head for a 
pillow when you lie dying? That is the 
book you want to study while you are 
living. There is but one such book in 
the world. — Joseph Cook. 

Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet- 
anchor of your liberties; write its pre- 
cepts in your hearts, and practice them 
in your lives. To the influence of this 
book we are indebted for all the progress 
made in true civilization, and to this we 
must look as our guide in the future. 
"Righteousness exalteth a nation; but 
sin is a reproach to any people." — U. S. 

The most learned, acute, and diligent 
student cannot, in the longest life, ob- 
tain an entire knowledge of this one 
volume. The more deeply he works the 
mine, the richer and more abundant he 
finds the ore; new light continually 
beams from this source of heavenly 
knowledge, to direct the conduct, and 
illustrate the work of God and the ways 
of men; and he will at last leave the 
world confessing, that the more he studied 

the Scriptures, the fuller conviction he 
had of his own ignorance, and of their 
inestimable value. — Walter Scott. 

Philosophical argument, especially that 
drawn from the vastness of the universe, 
in comparison with the apparent insig- 
nificance of this globe, has sometimes 
shaken my reason for the faith that is 
in me; but my heart has always assured 
and reassured me that the gospel of 
Jesus Christ must be a divine reality. — 
Daniel Webster. 

Cities fall, empires come to nothing, 
kingdoms fade away as smoke. Where 
is Numa, Minos, Lycurgus? Where are 
their books? and what has become of 
their laws? But that this book no 
tyrant should have been able to con- 
sume, no tradition to choke, no heretic 
maliciously to corrupt; that it should 
stand unto this day, amid the wreck of 
all that was human, without the altera- 
tion of one sentence so as to change the 
doctrine taught therein, — surely there is 
a very singular providence, claiming our 
attention in a most remarkable manner. 
— Bp. Jewell. 

A noble book! All men's book! It 
is our first, oldest statement of the 
never-ending problem, — man's destim T , 
and God's ways with him here on earth; 
and all in such free-flowing outlines, — 
grand in its sincerity; in its simplicity 
and its epic melody. — Carlyle. 

One monarch to obey, one creed to 
own; that monarch God; that creed his 
word alone. 

If there is any one fact or doctrine, 
or command, or promise in the Bible 
which has produced no practical effect 
on your temper, or heart, or conduct, be 
assured you do not truly believe it. — 

There is a Book worth all other books 
which were ever printed. — Patrick Henry. 

The Bible furnishes the only fitting 
vehicle to express the thoughts that over- 
whelm us when contemplating the stellar 
universe. — 0. M. Mitchell. 

The grand old Book of God still 
stands, and this old earth, the more its 
leaves are turned over and pondered, the 
more it will sustain and illustrate the 
sacred Word. — Prof. Dana. 

In my investigation of natural science, 
I have always found that, whenever I 
can meet with anything in the Bible on 




my subjects, it always affords me a firm 
platform on which to stand. — Lieutenant 

It is impossible to mentally or socially 
enslave a Bible-reading people. The 
principles of the Bible are the ground- 
work of human freedom. — Horace 

I speak as a man of the world to men 
of the world; and I say to you, Search 
the Scriptures! The Bible is the book 
of all others, to be read at all ages, and 
in all conditions of human life; not to 
be read once or twice or thrice through, 
and then laid aside, but to be read in 
small portions of one or two chapters 
every day, and never to be intermitted, 
unless by some overruling necessity. — 
/. Q. Adams. 

Give to the people who toil and suffer, 
for whom this world is hard and bad, 
the belief that there is a better made 
for them. Scatter Gospels among the 
villages, a Bible for every cottage. — 
Victor Hugo. 

The word of God will stand a thou- 
sand readings ; and he who has gone over 
it most frequently is the surest of find- 
ing new wonders there. — J. Hamilton. 

Holy Scripture is a stream of running 
water, where alike the elephant may 
swim, and the lamb walk without losing 
its feet. — Gregory the Great. 

A Bible and a newspaper in every 
house, a good school in every district — 
all studied and appreciated as they merit 
— are the principal support of virtue, 
morality, and civil liberty. — Franklin. 

As the profoundest philosophy of 
ancient Rome and Greece lighted her 
taper at Israel's altar, so the sweetest 
strains of the pagan muse were swept 
from harps attuned on Zion's hill. — 
Bp. Thomson. 

The whole hope of human progress is 
suspended on the ever-growing influence 
of the Bible. — William H. Seward. 

The Bible is the only cement of na- 
tions, and the only cement that can bind 
religious hearts together. — Bunsen. 

The Bible stands alone in human lit- 
erature in its elevated conception of 
manhood as to character and conduct. — 
It is the invaluable training book of the 
world. — H. W. Beecher. 

After all, the Bible must be its own 
argument and defence. The power of it 

can never be proved unless it is felt. 
The authority of it can never be sup- 
ported unless it is manifest. The light 
of it can never be demonstrated unless 
it shines. — H. J. Van Dyke. 

You never get to the end of Christ's 
words. There is something in them al- 
ways behind. They pass into proverbs, 
into laws, into doctrines, into consola- 
tions; but they never pass away, and 
after all the use that is made of them 
they are still not exhausted. — A. P. 

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the 
book widens and deepens with our years. 
— Spurgeon. 

After reading the doctrines of Plato, 
Socrates, or Aristotle, we feel that the 
specific difference between their words 
and Christ's is the difference between 
an inquiry and a revelation. — Joseph 

When one has given up the one fact 
of the inspiration of the Scriptures, he 
has given up the whole foundation of 
revealed religion. — H. W. Beecher. 

I have read the Bible through many 
times, and now make it a practice to 
read it through once every year. — It 
is a book of all others for lawyers, as 
well as divines; and I pity the man who 
cannot find in it a rich supply of thought 
and of rules for conduct. — Daniel 

So far as I have observed God's deal- 
ings with my soul, the flights of preach- 
ers sometimes entertained me, but it was 
Scripture expressions which did pene- 
trate my heart, and in a way peculiar to 
themst Ives. — John Brown of Haddington. 

A man may read the figures on the 
dial, but he cannot tell how the day 
goes unless the sun is shining on it; so 
we may read the Bible over, but we 
cannot learn to purpose till the spirit 
of God shine upon it and into our 
hearts. — T. Watson. 

There is no book on which we can rest 
in a dying moment but the Bible. — 

Wilmot, the infidel, when dying, laid 
his trembling, emaciated hand on the 
Bible, and said solemnly and with un- 
wonted energy, "The only objection 
against this book is a bad life ! " 

The Bible is to us what the star was 
to the wise men; but if we spend all 




our time in gazing upon it, observing 
its motions, and admiring its splendor, 
without being led to Christ by it, the 
use of if will be lost to us. — T. Adams. 
All human discoveries seem to be 
made only for the purpose of confirm- 
ing more and more strongly the truths 
that come from on high and are con- 
tained in the sacred writings. — Herschel. 

A loving trust in the Author of the 
Bible is the best preparation for a wise 
and profitable study of the Bible itself. 
— H. C. Trumbull 

BIGOTRY.— The mind of the bigot is 
like the pupil of the eye; the more light 
you pour upon it, the more it will con- 
tract. — 0. W. Holmes. 

The bigot sees religion, not as a sphere, 
but a line; and it is the line in which 
he is moving. He is like an African 
buffalo — sees right forward, but noth- 
ing on the right or the left. He would 
not perceive a legion of angels or devils 
at the distance of ten yards, on the one 
side or the other. — John Foster. 

Bigotry has no head, and cannot 
think; no heart, and cannot feel. When 
she moves, it is in wrath; when she 
pauses it is amidst ruin; her prayers are 
curses — her God is a demon — her com- 
munion is death. — O'Connell. 

There is no bigotry like that of " free 
thought " run to seed. — Horace Greeley. 

Bigotry murders religion to frighten 
fools with her ghost. — Colton. 

There is no tariff so injurious as that 
with which sectarian bigotry guards its 
commodities. — It dwarfs the soul by 
shutting out truths from other continents 
of thought, and checks the circulation of 
its own. — E. H. Chapin. 

When once a man is determined to 
believe, the very absurdity of the doc- 
trine does but confirm him in his faith. 
— Junius. 

A man must be both stupid and un- 
charitable who believes there is no vir- 
tue or truth but on his own side. — 

The bigot for the most part clings to 
opinions adopted without investigation, 
and defended without argument, while 
he is intolerant of the opinions of others. 
— Buck. 

BIOGRAPHY.— Biography is the per- 

sonal and home aspect of history. — 

The best teachers of humanity are 
the lives of great men. — Fowler. 

Great men have often the shortest 
biographies. — Their real life is in their 
books or deeds. 

There is properly no history, only 
biography. — Emerson. 

One anecdote of a man is worth a 
volume of biography. — Channing. 

The remains of great and good men, 
like Elijah's mantle, ought to be gathered 
up and preserved by their survivors; 
that as their works follow them in the 
reward of them, they may staj' behind 
in their benefit. — M. Henry. 

Most biographies are of little worth. 
— They are panegyrics, not lives. — The 
object is, not to let down the hero; and 
consequently what is most human, most 
genuine, most characteristic in his his- 
tory, is excluded. — No department of 
literature is so false as biography. — 

Rich as we are in biography, a well- 
written life is almost as rare as a well- 
spent one; and there are certainly many 
more men whose history deserves to be 
recorded than persons able and willing 
to furnish the record. — Carlyle. 

To be ignorant of the lives of the 
most celebrated men of antiquity is to 
continue in a state of childhood all our 
days. — Plutarch. 

A life that is worth writing at all, is 
worth writing minutely and truthfully. 
— Longfellow. 

Biography, especially of the great 
and good, who have risen by their own 
exertions to eminence and usefulness, is 
an inspiring and ennobling study. — Its 
direct tendency is to reproduce the ex- 
cellence it records. — //. Mann. 

Of all studies, the most delightful 
and useful is biography. — The seeds of 
great events lie near the surface; his- 
torians delve too deep for them. — No 
history was ever true; but lives which 
I have read, if they were not, had the 
appearance, the interest, the utility of 
truth. — Landor. 

Biography is the most universally 
pleasant and profitable of all reading. — 


Those only who live with a man can 




write his life with any genuine exact- 
ness and discrimination, and few people 
who have lived with a man know what 
to remark about him. — Johnson. 

Biographies of great, but especially of 
good men, are most instructive and use- 
ful as helps, guides, and incentives to 
others. Some of the best are almost 
equivalent to gospels — teaching high 
living, high thinking, and energetic ac- 
tions for their own and the world's 
good. — S. Smiles. 

History can be formed from perma- 
nent monuments and records; but lives 
can only be written from personal 
knowledge, which is growing every day 
less, and in a short time is lost for- 
ever. — Johnson. 

My advice is, to consult the lives of 
other men as we would a looking-glass, 
and from thence fetch examples for our 
own imitation. — Terence. 

BIRTH. — (See "Ancestry," and 
" Genealogy.") 

Our birth is nothing but our death 
begun, as tapers waste the moment they 
take fire. — Young. 

Custom forms us all; our thoughts, 
our morals, our most fixed belief, are 
consequences of the place of our birth. 
— Hill. 

What is birth to a man if it be a stain 
to his dead ancestors to have left such 
an offspring? — Sir P. Sidney. 

A noble birth and fortune, though 
they make not a bad man good, yet 
they are a real advantage to a worthy 
one, and place his virtues in the fairest 
light. — Lillo. 

High birth is a gift of fortune which 
should never challenge esteem toward 
those who receive it, since it costs them 
neither study nor labor. — Bruyere. 

Of all vanities and fopperies, the 
vanity of high birth is the greatest. 
True nobility is derived from virtue, 
not from birth. Titles, indeed, may be 
purchased; but virtue is the only coin 
that makes the bargain valid. — Burton. 

Distinguished birth is indeed an honor 
to him who lives worthily of the virtue 
of his progenitors. If, as Seneca says, 
" Virtue is the only nobility," he is 
doubly a nobleman who is not only de- 
scended from a virtuous ancestry, but 
is himself virtuous. 

When real nobleness accompanies the 
imaginary one of birth, the imaginary 
seems to mix with the real and become 
real too. — Greville. 

Those who have nothing else to recom- 
mend them to the respect of others but 
only their blood, cry it up at a great 
rate, and have their mouths perpetually 
full of it. — By this mark they commonly 
distinguish themselves; but you may 
depend upon it there is no good bottom, 
nothing of the true worth of their own 
when they insist so much and set their 
credit on that of others. — Charron. 

I have learned to judge of men by 
their own deeds, and not to make the 
accident of birth the standard of their 
merit. — Mrs. Hale. 

Features alone do not run in the 
blood; vices and virtues, genius and 
folly, are transmitted through the same 
sure but unseen channel. — Hazlitt. 

BLESSEDNESS. — True blessedness 
consisteth in a good life and a happy 
death. — Solon. 

Nothing raises the price of a blessing 
like its removal; whereas, it was its con- 
tinuance which should have taught us 
its value. — H. Moore. 

Blessings we enjoy daily, and for the 
most of them, because they be so com- 
mon, men forget to pay their praises. — 
But let not us, because it is a sacrifice 
so pleasing to him who still protects us, 
and gives us flowers, and showers, and 
meat, and content. — Izaak Walton. 

Reflect upon your present blessings, of 
which every man has many: not on your 
past misfortunes, of which all men have 
some. — Dickens. 

The beloved of the Almighty are the 
rich who have the humility of the poor, 
and the poor who have the magnanimity 
of the rich. — Saadi. 

Let me tell you that every misery I 
miss is a new blessing. — Izaak Walton. 

There are three requisites to the 
proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: 
a thankful reflection, on the goodness 
of the giver; a deep sense of our own 
unworthiness ; and a recollection of the 
uncertainty of our long possessing them. 
— The first will make us grateful; the 
second, humble; and the third, moder- 
ate. — Hannah More. 

Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, 




and though a late, a sure reward suc- 
ceeds. — Congreve. 

It is generally true that all that is 
required to make men unmindful of 
what they owe to God for any blessing, 
is, that they should receive that bless- 
ing often and regularly. — Whately. 

How blessings brighten as they take 
their flight! — Young. 

Health, beauty, vigor, riches, and all 
the other things called goods, operate 
equally as evils to the vicious and un- 
just, as they do as benefits to the 
just. — Plato. 

The good things of life are not to be 
had singly, but come to us with a mix- 
ture; like a schoolboy's holiday, with 
a task affixed to the tail of it. — Charles 

Blessedness consists in the acomplish- 
ment of our desires, and in our having 
only regular desires. — Augustine. 

BLOCKHEAD. — (See "Common 

A blockhead cannot come in, nor go 
away, nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a 
man of sense. — Bruyere. 

There never was any party, faction, 
sect, or cabal whatsoever, in which the 
most ignorant were not the most vio- 
lent; for a bee is not a busier animal 
than a blockhead. — Pope. 

Heaven and earth fight in vain against 
a dunce. — Schiller. 

BLUSH. — A blush is the color of vir- 
tue. — Diogenes. 

Whoever blushes seems to be good. — 

Whoever blushes, is alreadj' guilty; 
true innocence is ashamed of nothing. — 

The ambiguous livery worn alike by 
modesty and shame. — Balfour. 

When a girl ceases to blush, she has 
lost the most powerful charm of her 
beauty. — Gregory. 

A blush is beautiful, but often incon- 
venient. — Goldoni. 

A blush is a sign that nature hangs 
out, to show where chastity and honor 
dwell. — Gotthold. 

Better a blush on the face than a blot 
on the heart. — Cervantes. 

The man that blushes is not quite a 
brute. — Young. 

Men blush less for their crimes, than 
for their weaknesses and vanity. — 

Blushing is the livery of virtue, though 
it may sometimes proceed from guilt. — 

It is better for a young man to blush, 
than to turn pale. — Cicero. 

The blush is nature's alarm at the ap- 
proach of sin, and her testimony to the 
dignity of virtue. — Fuller. 

The troubled blood through his pale 
face was seen to come and go with 
tidings from his heart, as it a running 
messenger had been. — Spenser. 

The inconvenience, or the beauty of 
the blush, which is the greater? — 
Madame Neckar. 

Playful blushes, that seem but lumi- 
nous escapes of thought. — Moore. 

BLUSTERING. — A killing tongue, 
but a quiet sword. — Shakespeare. 

A brave man is sometimes a desper- 
ado; but a bully is always a coward. — 

It is with narrow souled people as 
with narrow necked bottles; the less 
they have in them, the more noise they 
make in pouring it out. — Pope. 

There are braying men in the world 
as well as braying asses ; for what is loud 
and senseless talking other than a way 
of braying. — U Estrange. 

They that are loudest in their threats 
are the weakest in the execution of 
them. — It is probable that he who is 
killed by lightning hears no noise; but 
the thunder-clap which follows, and 
which most alarms the ignorant, is the 
surest proof of their safety. — Colton. 

Commonly they whose tongue is their 
weapon, use their feet for defense. — Sir 
P. Sidney. 

BOASTING.— We wound our modesty 
and make foul the clearness of our de- 
servings, when of ourselves we publish 
them. — Shakespeare. 

Where boasting ends, there dignity 
begins. — Young. 

Where there is much pretension, much 
has been borrowed; nature never pre- 
tends. — Lavater. 

There is this benefit in brag, that the 
speaker is unconsciously expressing his 
own ideal. — Humor him by all means; 




draw it all out, and hold him to it. — 

Who knows himself a braggart, let 

him fear this; for it will come to pass 

that every braggart shall be found an 
ass. — Shakespeare. 

Men of real merit, whose noble and 
glorious deeds we are ready to ac- 
knowledge are not yet to be endured 
when they vaunt their own actions. — 

Usually the greatest boasters are the 
smallest workers. The deep rivers pay 
a larger tribute to the sea than shallow 
brooks, and yet empty themselves with 
less noise. — W. Seeker. 

With all his tumid boasts, he's like 
the sword-fish, who only wears his 
weapon in his mouth. — Madden. 

Conceit, more rich in matter than in 
words, brags of his substance: they are 
but beggars who can count their worth. 
— Shakespeare. 

A gentleman that loves to hear him- 
self talk, will speak more in a minute 
than he will stand to in a month. — 

Self-laudation abounds among the un- 
polished, but nothing can stamp a man 
more sharply as ill-bred. — Charles Bux- 

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke 
when he was boasting, " The less you 
speak of your greatness, the more shall 
I think of it," 

The empty vessel makes the greatest 
sound. — Shakespeare.. 

BODY. — Our bodies are but dust, but 
they can bring praise to him that formed 
them. — Dull and tuneless in themselves, 
they can become glorious harps on which 
the music of piety may be struck to 
heaven. — Punshon. 

Can any honor exceed that which has 
been conferred on the human body? — 
Can any powers exceed the powers — 
any glory exceed the glory with which 
it is invested? — No wonder the apostle 
should beseech men to present their 
bodies a living sacrifice to God. — 

Our body is a well-set clock, which 
keeps good time, but if it be too much 
or indiscreetly tampered with, the alarum 
runs out before the hour. — Bp. Hall. 

It is shameful for a man to rest in 
ignorance of the structure of his own 
body, especially when the knowledge of 
it mainly conduces to his welfare, and 
directs his application of his own powers. 
— Melancthon. 

God made the human body, and it is 
the most exquisite and wonderful or- 
ganization which has come to us from 
the divine hand. — It is a study for one's 
whole life. — If an undevout astronomer 
is mad, an undevout physiologist is 
madder. — H. W. Beecher. 

If there be anything common to us 
by nature, it is the members of our cor- 
poreal frame; yet the apostle taught 
that these, guided by the spirit as its 
instruments, and obeying a holy will, 
become transfigured, so that, in his 
language, the body becomes a temple 
of the Holy Ghost, and the meanest 
faculties, the lowest appetites, the hum- 
blest organs are ennobled by the spirit 
mind which guides them. — F. W. Robert- 

BOLDNESS.— We make way for the 
man who boldly pushes past us. — Bovee. 

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not 
dangers and inconveniences; whence it 
is bad in council though good in execu- 
tion. — The right use of the bold, there- 
fore, is, that the3 r never command in 
chief, but serve as seconds under the 
direction of others. — For in council it is 
good to see dangers, " and in execution 
not to see them unless they be very 
great. — Bacon. 

Fools rush in where angels fear to 
tread. — Pope. 

Who bravely dares must sometimes 
risk a fall. — Smollett. 

Carried away by the irresistible in- 
fluence which is always exercised over 
men's minds by a bold resolution in 
critical circumstances. — Guizot. 

Fortune befriends the bold. — Drydcn. 

It is wonderful what strength of pur- 
pose and boldness and energy of will are 
roused by the assurance that we are 
doing our duty. — Scott. 

BOOKS. — A book is the only immor- 
tality. — R. Choate. 

Books are lighthouses erected in the 
great sea of time. — E. P. Whipple. 

Books are embalmed minds. — Bovee. 

A good book is the very essence of a 




good man. — His virtues survive in it, 
while the foibles and faults of his actual 
life are forgotten. — All the goodly com- 
pany of the excellent and great sit 
around my table, or look down on me 
from yonder shelves, waiting patiently 
to answer my questions and enrich me 
with their wisdom. — A precious book is 
a foretaste of immortality. — T. L. Cuyler. 

Books are immortal sons deifying their 
sires. — Plato. 

I love to lose myself in other men's 
minds. When I am not walking, I am 
reading. I cannot sit and think; books 
think for me. — Charles Lamb. 

God be thanked for books; they are 
the voices of the distant and the dead, 
and make us heirs of the spiritual life 
of past ages. — Charming. 

If a book come from the heart it will 
contrive to reach other hearts. — All art 
and authorcraft are of small account to 
that. — Carlyle. 

Tradition is but a meteor, which, if 
it once falls, cannot be rekindled. — 
Memory, once interrupted, is not to be 
recalled. — But written learning is a fixed 
luminary, which, after the cloud that 
had hidden it has passed away, is again 
bright in its proper station.— So books 
are faithful repositories, which may be 
awhile neglected or forgotten, but when 
opened again, will again impart instruc- 
tion. — Johnson. 

Books are the metemps3'chosis ; the 
symbol and presage of immortality. — 
The dead are scattered, and none shall 
find them; but behold they are here. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

Books are standing counselors and 
preachers, always at hand, and always 
disinterested; having this advantage 
over oral instructors, that they are read}' 
to repeat their lesson as often as we 
please. — Chambers*. 

Books are masters who instruct us 
without rods or ferules, without words 
or anger, without bread or money. If 
you approach them, they are not asleep; 
if you seek them, they do not hide; if 
you blunder, they do not scold; if you 
are ignorant, they do not laugh at you. 
— Richard de Bury. 

Some books are to be tasted; others 
swallowed; and some few to be chewed 
and digested. — Bacon. 

Except a living man there is nothing 

more wonderful than a book! a message 
to us from the dead — from human souls 
we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thou- 
sands of miles away. And yet these, in 
those little sheets of paper, speak to us, 
arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort 
us, open their hearts to us as brothers. 
— Charles Kingsley. 

Books are those faithful mirrors that 
reflect to our mind the minds of sages 
and heroes. — Gibbon. 

Books, like friends, should be few and 
well chosen. Like friends, too, we should 
return to them again and again — for, 
like true friends, they will never fail us 
— never cease to instruct — never cloy — 

Next to acquiring good friends, the 
best acquisition is that of good books. — 

A good book is the best of friends, the 
same to-day and forever. — Tupper. 

Without books, God is silent, justice 
dormant, natural science at a stand, 
philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all 
things involved in darkness. — Bartholini. 

Books are not absolutely dead things, 
but do contain a certain potency of life 
in them, to be as active as the soul 
whose progeny they are; they preserve, 
as in a vial, the purest efficacy and ex- 
traction of the living intellect that bred 
them. — Milton. 

My books kept me from the ring, the 
dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon. — 
The associate of Pope and Addison, the 
mind accustomed to the noble though 
silent discourse of Shakespeare and Mil- 
ton, will hardly seek or put up with low 
or evil company and slaves. — Thomas 

A book may be compared to your 
neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last 
too long; if bad, 3^ou cannot get rid of it 
too early. — Brooke. 

Books are the legacies that genius 
leaves to mankind, to be delivered down 
from generation to generation, as pres- 
ents to those that are yet unborn. — 

There is no book so poor that it would 
not be a prodigy if wholly wrought out 
by a single mind, without the aid of 
prior investigators. — Johnson . 

The past but lives in written words: a 
thousand ages were blank if books had 
not evoked their ghosts, and kept the 



pale unbodied shades to warn us from 
fieshless lips. — Bulwer. 

There is no book so bad but something 
valuable may be derived from it. — 

If all the crowns of Europe were placed 
at my disposal on condition that I should 
abandon my books and studies, I should 
spurn the crowns away and stand by 
the books. — Fenelon. 

Books are a guide in youth, and an 
entertainment for age. They support us 
under solitude, and keep us from becom- 
ing a burden to ourselves. They help 
us to forget the crossness of men and 
things, compose our cares and our pas- 
sions, and lay our disappointments asleep. 
When we are weary of the living, we 
may repair to the dead, who have noth- 
ing of peevishness, pride, or design in 
their conversation. — Jeremy Collier. 

Books are but waste paper unless we 
spend in action the wisdom we get from 
i hought. — Bulwer. 

The books we read should be chosen 
with great care, that they may be, as 
an Egyptian king wrote over his library, 
" The medicines of the soul." 

Be as careful of the books you read, 
as of the company you keep; for your 
habits and character will be as much in- 
fluenced by the former as by the latter. 
— Paxton Hood. 

When I get a little money, I buy 
books; and if any is left, I buy food and 

clothes. — Erasmus. 

The silent influence of books, is a 
mighty power in the world; and there 
is a joy in reading them known only to 
those who read them with desire and 
enthusiasm. — Silent, passive, and noise- 
less though they be, they yet set in 
action countless multitudes, and change 
the order of nations. — Giles. 

Books, like proverbs, receive their 
chief value from the stamp and esteem 
of the ages through which they have 
passed. — Sir W. Temple. 

It is books that teach us to refine our 
pleasures when young, and to recall them 
with satisfaction when we are old. — 
Leigh Hunt. 

A good book is the precious life-blood 
of a master-spirit, embalmed and treas- 
ured up on purpose for a life beyond. — 

Books, to judicious compilers, are use- 
ful; to particular arts and professions, 
they are absolutely necessary; to men 
of real science, they are tools: but more 
are tools to them. — Johnson. 

Books are the true levellers. — They 
give to all who faithfulh- use them, the 
society, the spiritual presence of the 
greatest and best of our race. — Channing. 

Books that you may carry to the fire- 
side, and hold readily in your hand, are 
the most useful after all. — Johnson. 

There is no worse robber than a bad 
book. — Italian Proverb. 

We are as liable to be corrupted by 
books, as by companions. — Fielding. 

Some books, like the City of London, 
fare the better for being burned. — Tom 

Few are sufficiently sensible of the im- 
portance of that economy in reading 
which selects, almost exclusively, the 
very first order of books. Why, except 
for some special reason, read an inferior 
book, at the very time you might be 
reading one of the highest order? — John 

A bad book is the worse that it can- 
not repent. — It has not been the devil's 
policy to keep the masses of mankind in 
ignorance; but finding that they will 
read, he is doing all in his power to 
poison their books. — E. N. Kirk. 

A good book, in the language of the 
book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of 
the curious, a scarce one; in that of 
men of sense, a useful and instructive 
one. — Chambers. 

Bad books are like intoxicating 
drinks; they furnish neither nourish- 
ment, nor medicine. — Both improperly 
excite; the one the mind; the other the 
body. — The desire for each increases by 
being fed. — Both ruin; one the intellect; 
the other the health; and together, the 
soul. — The safeguard against each is the 
same — total abstinence from all that in- 
toxicates either mind or body. — Tryon 

In good books is one of the best safe- 
guards from evil. — Life's first danger has 
been said to be an empty mind which, 
like an unoccupied room, is ooen for 
base spirits to enter. — The taste for read- 
ing provides a pleasant and elevating 
preoccupation. — H. W. Grout. 




When a book raises your spirit, and 
inspires you with noble and manly 
thoughts, seek for no other test of its 
excellence. — It is good, and made by a 
good workman. — Bruyere. 

Choose an author as you choose a 
friend. — Roscommon. 

In books, it is the chief of all perfec- 
tions to be plain and brief. — Butler. 

To use books rightly, is to go to them 
for help; to appeal to them when our 
own knowledge and power fail; to be led 
by them into wider sight and purer con- 
ception than our own, and to receive 
from them the united sentence of the 
judges and councils of all time, against 
our solitary and unstable opinions. — 

The best books for a man are not 
always those which the wise recommend, 
but often those which meet the peculiar 
wants, the natural thirst of his mind, 
and therefore awaken interest and rivet 
thought. — Charming. 

Books (sa3's Bacon) can never teach 
the use of books; the student must 
learn by commerce with mankind to re- 
duce his speculations to practice. No 
man should think so highly of himself 
as to suppose he can receive but little 
light from books, nor so meanly as to 
believe he can discover nothing but what 
is to be learned from them. — Johnson. 

If religious books are not widely cir- 
culated among the masses in this coun- 
try, and the people do not become re- 
ligious, I do not know what is to become 
of us as a nation. And the thought is 
one to cause solemn reflection on the 
part of every patriot and Christian. If 
truth be not diffused, error will be; if 
God and his word are not known and 
received, the devil and his works will 
gain the ascendancy; if the evangelical 
volume does not reach eveiy hamlet, the 
pages of a corrupt and licentious litera- 
ture will; if the power of the gospel is 
not felt through the length and breadth 
of the land, anarchy and misrule, degra- 
dation and misery, corruption and dark- 
ness, will reign without mitigation or 
end. — Daniel Webster. 

Dead counsellors are the most instruc- 
tive, because they are heard with 
patience and reverence. — Johnson. 

A house without books is like a room 
without windows. No man has a right 

to bring up his children without sur- 
rounding them with books, if he has the 
means to buy them. It is a wrong to 
his family. Children learn to read by 
being in the presence of books. The 
love of knowledge comes with reading 
and grows upon it. And the love of 
knowledge, in a young mind, is almost 
a warrant against the inferior excite- 
ment of passions and vices. — H. Mann. 

The constant habit of perusing devout 
books is so indispensable, that it has 
been termed the oil of the lamp of 
prayer. Too much reading, however, 
and too little meditation, may produce 
the effect of a lamp inverted; which is 
extinguished by the very excess of that 
aliment, whose property is to feed it. 
— H. More. 

The books that help you most, are 
those which make you think the most. 
— The hardest way of learning is that 
of easy reading; but a great book that 
comes from a great thinker is a ship 
of thought, deep freighted with truth 
and beauty. — Theodore Parker. 

There was a time when the world 
acted on books; now books act on the 
world. — Joubert. 

To buy books only because the}' were 
published by an eminent printer, is 
much as if a man should buy clothes 
that did not fit him, only because made 
by some famous tailor. — Pope. 

If a secret history of books could be 
written, and the author's private thoughts 
pnd meanings noted down alongside of 
his story, how many insipid volumes 
would become interesting, and dull tales 
excite the reader! — Thackeray. 

The book to read is not the one which 
thinks for you, but the one which makes 
you think. No book in the world equals 
the Bible for that. — McCosh. 

The best of a book is not the thought 
which it contains, but the thought which 
it suggests; just as the charm of music 
dwells not in the tones but in the echoes 
of our hearts. — 0. W. Holmes. 

There is a kind of physiognomy in the 
titles of books no less than in the faces 
of men, by which a skillful observer will 
know as well what to expect from the 
one as the other. — Bp. Butler. 

Every man is a volume if you know 
how to read him. — Channing. 




When a new book comes out I read 
an old one. — Rogers. 

Thou mayst as well expect to grow 
stronger by alwa3 r s eating as wiser by 
always reading. Too much overcharges 
Nature, and turns more into disease 
than nourishment. 'Tis thought and 
digestion which make books serviceable, 
and give health and vigor to the mind. 
— Fuller. 

That is a good book which is opened 
with expectation, and closed with de- 
light and profit. — A. B. Alcott. 

The most foolish kind of a book is a 
kind of leaky boat on the sea of wis- 
dom; some of the wisdom will get in 
anyhow. — 0. W. Holmes. 

The books of Nature and of Revela- 
tion equally elevate our conceptions and 
invite our piet} r ; they are both written 
by the finger of the one eternal, incom- 
prehensible God. — T. Watson. 

Books are men of higher stature; the 
only men that speak aloud for future 
times to hear. — Barrett. 

The society of dead authors has this 
advantage over that of the living: they 
never flatter us to our faces, nor slander 
us behind our backs, nor intrude upon 
our privacy, nor quit their shelves until 
we take them down. — Colton. 

A man who writes an immoral but im- 
mortal book may be tracked into eter- 
nity by a procession of lost souls from 
every generation, every one to be a 
witness against him at the judgment, to 
show to him and to the universe the 
immeasurableness of his iniquity. — G. 
B. Cheever. 

Master books, but do not let them 
master you. — Read to live, not live to 
read. — Bulwer. 

A book is a garden, an orchard, a 
storehouse, a party, a company by the 
way, a counsellor, a multitude of coun- 
sellors. — H. W. Beecher. 

Most books, like their authors, are 
born to die; of only a few books can it 
be said that death hath no dominion 
over them ; they live, and their influence 
lives forever. — /. Swartz. 

Books should to one of these fours 
ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, 
or use. — Denham. 

Deep versed in books, but shallow in 
himself. — Milton. 

We ought to reverence books; to 
look on them as useful and mighty 
things. — If they are good and true, 
whether they are about religion, politics, 
farming, trade, law, or medicine, they 
are the message of Christ, the maker of 
all things — the teacher of all truth. — 
C. Kingsley. 

Books are the best of things if well 
used; if abused, among the worst. — 
They are good for nothing but to in- 
spire. — I had better never see a book 
than be warped by its attraction clean 
out of my own orbit, and made a satel- 
lite instead of a system. — Emerson. 

The colleges, while they provide us 
with libraries, furnish no professors of 
books; and I think no chair is so much 
needed . — Emerson . 

The books that help you most are 
those that make you think the most. — 
Theodore Parker. 

The last thing that we discover in 
writing a book, is to know what to put 
at the beginning. — Pascal. 

After all manner of professors have 
done their best for us, the place we are 
to get knowledge is in books. — The true 
university of these days is a collection 
of books. — Carlyle. 

Many books require no thought from 
those who read them, and for a very 
simple reason; they made no such de- 
mand upon those who wrote them. 
Those works, therefore, are the most 
valuable, that set our thinking faculties 
in the fullest operation. — Colton. 

He that loves not books before he 
comes to thirty years of age, will hardly 
love them enough afterward to under- 
stand them. — Clarendon. 

As well almost kill a man, as kill a 
good book; for the life of the one is but 
a few short years, while that of the 
other may be for ages. — Who kills a 
man kills a reasonable creature, God's 
image; but he who destroys a good 
book, kills reason itself; kills as it were, 
the image of God. — Milton. 

No book can be so good as to be 
profitable when negligently read. — 

Upon books the collective education 
of the race depends; they are the sole 
instruments of registering, perpetuating, 
and transmitting thought.— H. Rogers. 




BORES. — Few men are more to be 
shunned than those who have time, but 
know not how to improve it, and so 
spend it in wasting the time of their 
neighbors, talking forever though they 
have nothing to say. — Tryon Edwards. 

The secret of making one's self tire- 
some, is, not to know when to stop. — 

There are some kinds of men who 
cannot pass their time alone; they are 
the flails of occupied people. — Bonald. 

There are few wild beasts more to be 
dreaded than a talking man having 
nothing to say. — Swift. 

0, he is as tedious as is a tired horse, 
or a railing wife; worse than a smoky 
house. — Shakespeare. 

It is hoped that, with all modern im- 
provements, a way will be discovered of 
getting rid of bores; for it is too bad 
that a poor wretch can be punished for 
stealing your handkerchief or gloves, 
and that no punishment can be inflicted 
on those who steal your time, and with 
it your temper and patience, as well as 
the bright thoughts that might have 
entered your mind, if they had not been 
frightened away by the bore. — Byron. 

We are almost always wearied in the 
company of persons with whom we are 
not permitted to be weary. — Rochefou- 

BORROWING. — Borrowing is not 
much better than begging. — Lessing. 

If you would know the value of 
money, go and try to borrow some. — He 
that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing. 
— Franklin. 

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; 
for loan oft loses both itself and friend; 
and borrowing dulls the edge of hus- 
bandry. — Shakespeare. 

Getting into debt, is _ getting into a 
tanglesome net. — Franklin. 

The borrower runs in his own debt. — 

He that would have a short Lent, let 
him borrow money to be repaid at 
Easter. — Fran k lin . 

No remedy against this consumption 
of the purse ; borrowing only lingers it 
out, but the disease is incurable. — 

BRAVERY. — The best hearts are ever 
the bravest. — Sterne. 

No man can be brave who considers 
pain the greatest evil of life; or tem- 
perate, who regards pleasure as the high- 
est good. — Cicero. 

A true knight is fuller of bravery in 
the midst, than in the beginning of 
danger. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Some one praising a man for his fool- 
hardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, 
" There is a wide difference between true 
courage and a mere contempt of life." 
— Plutarch. 

At the bottom of not a little of the 
bravery that appears in the world, there 
lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will 
face powder and steel because they have 
not the courage to face public opinion. 
— E. H. Chapin. 

True bravery is shown by performing 
without witnesses what one might be 
capable of doing before all the world. — 

Nature often enshrines gallant and 
noble hearts in weak bosoms; oftenest, 
God bless her, in woman's breast. — 

The bravery founded on hope of 
recompense, fear of punishment, experi- 
ence of success, on rage, or on igno- 
rance of danger, is but common bravery, 
and does not deserve the name. — True 
bravery proposes a just end; measures 
the dangers, and meets the result with 
calmness and unyielding decision. — La 

All brave men love; for he only is 
brave who has affections to fight for, 
whether in the daily battle of life, or 
in physical contests. — Hawthorne. 

BREVITY. — Brevity is the soul of 

wit. — Shakespeare. 

Have something to say; say it, and 
stop when you've done. — Tryon Ed- 

Genuine good taste consists in saying 
much in few words, in choosing among 
our thoughts, in having order and ar- 
rangement in what we say, and in speak- 
ing with composure. — Fenelon. 

When one has no design but to speak 
plain truth, he may say a great deal in 
a very narrow compass. — Steele. 

The one prudence of life is concentra- 
tion. — Emerson. 

One rare, strange virtue in speeches, 




and the secret of their mastery, is, that 
they are short. — Halleck. 

Brevity is the best recommendation 
of speech, whether in a senator or an 
orator. — Cicero. 

Talk to the point, and stop when you 
have reached it. — Be comprehensive in 
all you say or write. — To fill a volume 
about nothing is a credit to nobody. — 
John Neal. 

The fewer the words, the better the 
prayer. — Luther. 

Words are like leaves, and where they 
most abound, much fruit of sense be- 
neath is rarely found. — Pope. 

If you would be pungent, be brief; 
for it is with words as with sunbeams — 
the more they are condensed, the deeper 
they burn. — Southey. 

Say all you have to say in the fewest 
possible words, or your reader will be 
sure to skip them; and in the plainest 
possible words, or he will certainly mis- 
understand them. — Ruskin. 

I saw one excellency within my reach 
— it was brevity, and I determined to 
obtain it. — Jay. 

Brevity to writing is what charity is 
to all other virtues; righteousness is 
nothing without the one, nor authorship 
without the other. — Sydney Smith. 

When you introduce a moral lesson 
let it be brief. — Horace. 

Never be so brief as to become ob- 
scure. — Try on Edwards. 

BRIBERY. — Judges and senators have 
been bought with gold. — Pope. 

The universe is not rich enough to buy 
the vote of an honest man. — Gregory. 

Though authority be a stubborn bear, 
yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. 
— Shakespeare. 

Petitions not sweetened with gold, are 
but unsavory, and often refused; or if 
received, are pocketed, not read. — Mas- 

Who thinketh to buy villainy with 
gold, shall find such faith so bought, so 
sold. — Marston. 

A man who is furnished with argu- 
ments from the mint, will convince his 
antagonist much sooner than one who 
draws them from reason and philosophy. 
— Gold is a wonderful clearer of the 
understanding; it dissipates every doubt 

and scruple in an instant; accommodates 
itself to the meanest capacities; silences 
the loud and clamorous, and cringes over 
the most obstinate and inflexible. — 
Philip of Macedon was a man of most 
invincible reason this way. He refuted 
by it all the wisdom of Athens; con- 
founded their statesmen; struck their 
orators dumb; and at length argued 
them out of all their liberties. — Addison. 
BROTHERHOOD.— To live is not to 
live for one's self alone; let us help one 
another. — Menander. 

The sixteenth century said, " Respon- 
sibility to God." — The present nine- 
tennth says, " The brotherhood of man." 
— C. L. Thompson. 

Whoever in prayer can say, " Our 
Father," acknowledges and should feel 
the brotherhood of the whole race of 
mankind. — Try on Edwards. 

There is no brotherhood of man with- 
out the fatherhood of God. — H. M. 

We must love men ere they will seem 
to us worthy of our love. — Shakespeare. 

If God is thy father, man is thj' 
brother. — Lamartine. 

The brotherhood of man is an in- 
tegral part of Christianity no less than 
the Fatherhood of God; and to deny the 
one is no less infidel than to deny the 
other. — Lyman Abbott. 

We are members of one great body, 
planted by nature in a mutual love, and 
fitted* for a social life. — We must con- 
sider that we were born for the good of 
the whole. — Seneca. 

The race of mankind would perish did 
they cease to aid each other. — We can- 
not exist without mutual help. All 
therefore that need aid have a right to 
ask it from their fellow-men ; and no one 
who has the power of granting can re- 
fuse it without guilt. — Walter Scott. 

The universe is but one great city, 
full of beloved ones, divine and human, 
by nature endeared to each other. — 

However degraded or wretched a 
fellow mortal may be, he is still a mem- 
ber of our common species. — Seneca. 

Jesus throws down the dividing preju- 
dices of nationality, and teaches uni- 
versal love, without distinction of race, 
merit, or rank. — A man's neighbor is 




every one that needs help. — All men, 
from the slave to the highest, are sons 
of the one father in heaven. — J. C. 

Give bread to the stranger, in the 
name of the universal brotherhood which 
binds together all men under the com- 
mon fatherhood of nature. — Quintilian. 

BRUTES. — When man is a brute, he 
is the most sensual and loathsome of all 
brutes. — Hawthorne. 

Though natural love in brutes is much 
more violent and intense than in rational 
creatures, Providence has taken care that 
it shall no longer be troublesome to the 
parent than it is useful to the young; 
for so soon as the wants of the latter 
cease, the mother withdraws her fond- 
ness and leaves them to provide for 
themselves. — Addison,. 

BUILDING.— He that is fond of build- 
ing will soon ruin himself without the 
help of enemies. — Plutarch. 

Never build after you are five-and- 
forty; have five years' income in hand 
before you lay a brick; and always cal- 
culate the expense at double the esti- 
mate. — Kett. 

Houses are built to live in, more than 
to look at; therefore let use be preferred 
before uniformity, except where both 
may be had. — Bacon. 

BURIAL. — To close the eyes, and give 
a seemly comfort to the apparel of the 
dead, is the holiest touch of nature. — 

A Christian burial, whether at land or 
sea, is not so much a ceremonial of 
death as a preparation for life; not so 
much a consequence of our mortality, 
as of our immortality; not so truly the 
subject for a dirge, as for a hallelujah 
anthem. — G. B. Cheever. 

BUSINESS. — In business, three things 
are necessary, knowledge, temper, and 
time. — Feltham. 

Not because of any extraordinary 
talents did he succeed, but because he 
had a capacity on a level for business 
and not above it. — Tacitus. 

Never shrink from doing anything 
your business calls you to do. — The man 
who is above his business, may one day 
find his business above him. — Drew. 

Avoid multiplicity of business; the 

man of one thing, is the man of success. 
— Try on Edwards. 

Formerly when great fortunes were 
only made in war, war was a business; 
but now when great fortunes are only 
made by business, business is war. — 

A man who cannot mind his own busi- 
ness, is not to be trusted with that of 
the King. — Saville. 

It is a wise man who knows his own 
business; and it is a wiser man who 
thoroughly attends to it. — H. L. Way- 

There is no better ballast for keeping 
the mind steady on its keel and saving it 
from all risk of crankiness than business. 
— J. R. Lowell. 

Religion belongs to the place of busi- 
ness as well as to the church. — H. W. 

Rare almost as great poets, rarer per- 
haps than veritable saints and martyrs 
are consummate men of business. — 

To business that we love, we rise be- 
times, and go to it with delight. — Shake- 

There be three parts of business: the 
preparation; the debate, or examina- 
tion; and the perfection; whereof, if you 
look for despatch, let the middle only 
be the work of many, and the first and 
last the work of few. — Bacon. 

To men addicted to delights, business 
is an interruption; to such as are cold 
to delights, it is an entertainment. — For 
which reason it was said to one who 
commended a dull man for his applica- 
tion, " No thanks to him ; if he had no 
business he would have nothing to do." 
— Steele. 

Men of great parts are often unfor- 
tunate in the management of public 
business, because they are apt to go out 
of the common road by the quickness 
of their imagination. — Swift. 

Stick to your legitimate business. — 
Do not go into outside operations. — 
Few men have brains enough for more 
than one thing. — To dabble in stocks, 
put a few thousand dollars into a mine, 
a few more into a factory, and a few 
more into an invention is enough to ruin 
any man. — Do not be greedy. — Be con- 
tent with fair returns. — Make friends. 




— All the money in the world is not 
worth so much to you as one good 
staunch friend. — H. W. Beecher. 

Call on a business man only at busi- 
ness times, and on business; transact 
your business, and go about your busi- 
ness, in order to give him time to finish 
his business. — Wellington. 

It was a beautiful truth which our 
forefathers symbolized when in the old 
market towns they erected a market- 
cross, as if to teach both buyers and 
sellers to rule their actions and sanctify 
their gains by the remembrance of the 
cross. — Bowes. 

The Christian must not only mind 
heaven, but attend diligently to his daily 
calling, like the pilot, who, while his 
eye is fixed on the star, keeps his hand 
upon the helm. — T. Watson. 

BUSYBODIES.— (See "Bores.") 

Always occupied with the duties of 
others, never, alas! with our own. — 

Have you so much leisure from your 
own business that you can take care of 
that of other people that does not at all 
belong to you? — Terence. 

I never knew any one interfere with 
other people's disputes, but that he 
heartily repented of it. — Lord Carlisle. 

One who is too wise an observer of the 
business of others, like one who is too 
curious in observing the labor of bees, 
will often be stung for his curiosity. — 

This is a maxim of unfailing truth, 
that nobody ever pries into another 
man's concerns, but with a design to do, 
or to be able to do him a mischief. — 

BUT. — "But" is a word that cools 
many a warm impulse, stifles many a 
kindly thought, puts a dead stop to 
many a brotherly deed. — No one would 
ever love his neighbor as himself if he 
listened to all the "buts" that could 
be said. — Bulwer. 

Oh, now comes that bitter word — but, 
which makes all nothing that was said 
before, that smoothes and wounds, that 
strikes and dashes more than flat denial, 
or a plain disgrace. — Daniel. 

I know of no manner of speaking so 
offensive as that of giving praise, and 
closing it with an exception. — Steele. 

I do not like "But yet."— It does 
allay the good precedence. — Fie upon 
" but yet." — " But yet " is as a jailer, to 
bring forth some monstrous malefactor. 
— Shakespeare. 

The meanest, most contemptible kind 
of praise is that which first speaks well 
of a man, and then qualifies it with a 
"but."— H. W. Beecher. 

CALAMITY.. — Calamity is man's true 
touchstone. — Beaumont and Fletcher. 

Calamity is the perfect glass wherein 
we truly see and know ourselves. — 

When any calamity has been suffered, 
the first thing to be remembered, is, how 
much has been escaped. — Johnson. 

It is only from the belief of the good- 
ness and wisdom of a supreme being, 
that our calamities can be borne in the 
manner which becomes a man. — Mac- 

He who foresees calamities, suffers 
them twice over. — Porteus. 

Times of general calamity and con- 
fusion have ever been productive of the 
greatest minds. — The purest ore is from 
the hottest furnace, and the brightest 
thunderbolt from the darkest cloud. — 

If we take sinful means to avoid 
calamity, that very often brings it upon 
us .—Wall. 

CALUMNY.— (See "Scandal," and 
" Slander.") 

Be thou chaste as ice, and pure as 
snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. — 

Back-wounding calumny the whitest 
virtue strikes. — Shakespeare. 

Calumniators have neither good hearts, 
nor good understandings. — We ought not 
to think ill of any one till we have 
palpable proof, and even then we should 
not expose them to others. — Colton. 

Who stabs my name would stab my 
person too, did not the hangman's axe 
lie in the way. — Crown. 

To persevere in one's duty, and be 
silent, is the best answer to calumny. — 

The calumniator inflicts wrong by 




slandering the absent; and he who gives 
credit to the calumny before he knows 
it is true, is equally guilty. — The per- 
son traduced is doubly injured; by him 
who propagates, and by him who credits 
the slander. — Herodotus. 

Neglected calumny soon expires; show 
that you are hurt, and you give it the 
appearance of truth. — Tacitus. 

Close thine ear against him that opens 
his mouth against another. — If thou 
receive not his words, they fly back and 
wound him. — If thou receive them, they 
flee forward and wound thee. — Quarles. 

There are calumnies against which 
even innocence loses courage. — Na- 

Those who ought to be most secure 
against calumny, are generally those 
who least escape it. — Stanislaus. 

I never think it needful to regard 
calumnies; they are sparks, which, if 
you do not blow them, will go out of 
themselves. — Boerhave. 

Calumny crosses oceans, scales moun- 
tains, and traverses deserts with greater 
ease than the Scythian Abaris, and, like 
him, rides upon a poisoned arrow. — 

Never chase a lie; if you let it alone, 
it will soon run itself to death. — You 
can work out a good character faster 
than calumny can destroy it. — E. Nott. 

I am beholden to calumny, that she 
hath so endeavored to belie me. — It 
shall make me set a surer guard on my- 
self, and keep a better watch upon my 
actions. — Ben Jonson. 

I never listen to calumnies; because, 
if they are untrue, I run the risk of 
being deceived; and if they are true, 
of hating persons not worth thinking 
about. — Montesquieu. 

Calumny is like the wasp that worries 
you, which it is not best to try to get 
rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; 
for otherwise it returns to the charge 
more furious than ever. — Chamjort. 

To persevere in one's duty and be 
silent, is the best answer to calumny. — 

He that lends an easy and credulous 
ear to calumny, is either a man of very 
ill morals, or he has no more sense and 
understanding than a child. — Menander. 

No might nor greatness in mortality 

can censure 'scape; back wounding cal- 
umny the whitest virtue strikes: What 
king so strong, can tie the gall up in the 
slanderous tongue? — Shakespeare. 

The upright man, if he suffer calumny 
to move him, fears the tongue of man 
more than the eye of God. — Colton. 

False praise can please, and calumny 
affright, none but the vicious and the 
hypocrite . — Horace . 

We cannot control the evil tongues of 
others, but a good life enables us to de- 
spise them. — Cato. 

To seem disturbed at calumny, is the 
way to make it believed, and stabbing 
your defamer, will not prove you in- 
nocent. — Live an exemplary life, and 
then your good character will overcome 
and refute the calumny. — Blair. 

Calumny would soon starve and die 
of itself if nobody took it in and gave 
it a lodging. — Leighton. 

Believe nothing against another but 
on good authority; and never report 
what may hurt another, unless it be a 
greater hurt to some other to conceal 
it. — Penn. 

CALVINISM. — Calvinism is a term 
used to designate, not the opinions of 
an individual, but a mode of religious 
thought, or a system of religious doc- 
trine, of which the person whose name it 
bears was an eminent expounder. — A. 
A. Hodge. 

There is no system which equals Cal- 
vinism in intensifying, to the last de- 
gree, ideas of moral excellence and 
purity of character. — It has always 
worked for liberty. — There never was a 
system since the world began, which 
puts upon man such motives to holi- 
ness, or builds batteries which sweep the 
whole ground of sin with such horrible 
artillery. — H. W. Beecher. 

Calvinism has produced characters 
nobler and grander than any which re- 
publican Rome ever produced. — Froudc. 

Calvinism is a democratic and repub- 
lican religion. — De Tocqueville. 

Wherever Calvinism was established, 
it brought with it not only truth but 
liberty, and all the great developments 
which these two fertile principles carry 
with them. — D'Aubigne. 

To the Calvinists, more than to any 
other class of men, the political liberties 




of Holland, England, and America are 
due. — Motley. 

There was not a reformer in Europe 
so resolute as Calvin to exorcise, tear 
out, and destroy what was seen to be 
false — so resolute to establish what was 
true in its place, and to make truth, to 
the last fibre of it, the rule of practical 
life. — Froude. 

He that will not honor the memory, 
and respect the influence of Calvin, 
knows but little of the origin of Ameri- 
can independence. — Bancroft. 

Calvin's Institutes, in spite of its im- 
perfections, is, on the whole, one of the 
noblest edifices ever erected by the mind 
of man, and one of the mightiest codes 
of moral law which ever guided him. — 

" In the centuries after the Reforma- 
tion," says Froude, " Calvinism num- 
bered among its adherents nearly every 
man in Europe who abhorred a lie. — It 
made men haters of sin and intolerant 
of evil and loathing all wrong. — Some of 
its adherents may have been deficient in 
the graces of society and the amenities 
of life, but their sternness and intoler- 
ance was born of profound convictions, 
and their ideal of social life was lofty, 
and made up in part from the Bible 
views of heaven." 

The promulgation of Calvin's theology 
was one of the longest steps that man- 
kind has taken toward personal free- 
dom. — John Fiske. 

Bancroft, speaking of the great Cal- 
vinistic doctrines embodied in the " Con- 
fession of Faith," says: "They infused 
enduring elements into the institutions 
of Geneva, and made it for the modern 
world, the impregnable fortress of popu- 
lar liberty — the fertile seed-plot of De- 

CANDOR. — The diligent fostering of 
a candid habit of mind, even in trifles, 
is a matter of high moment both to 
character and opinions. — Howson. 

I can promise to be candid, though I 
may not be impartial. — Goethe. 

Candor is the brightest gem of criti- 
cism . — Disraeli. 

Candor is the seal of a noble mind, 
the ornament and pride of man, the 
sweetest charm of women, the scorn of 

rascals, and the rarest virtue of socia- 
bility. — Stern ac. 

It is great and manly to disdain dis- 
guise; it shows our spirit, and proves 
our strength. — Young. 

Making my breast transparent as pure 
crystal, that the world, jealous of me, 
may see the foulest thought my heart 
doth hold. — Buckingham. 

Examine what is said, not him who 
speaks. — Arabian Proverb. 

I make it my rule, to lay hold of 
light and embrace it, wherever I see it. 
though held forth by a child or an 
enemy. — President Edwards. 

In reasoning upon moral subjects, we 
have great occasion for candor, in order 
to compare circumstances, and weigh 
arguments with impartiality. — Emmons. 

CANT. — Cant is the voluntary over- 
charging or prolongation of a real sen- 
timent; hypocrisy is the setting up pre- 
tence to a feeling you never had, and 
have no wish for. — Hazlitt. 

Cant is itself properly a double-dis- 
tilled lie, the materia prima of the devil, 
from which all falsehoods, imbecilities, 
and abominations body themselves, and 
from which no true thing can come. — 

Of all the cants in this canting world, 
though the cant of hypocrites may be 
the worst, the cant of criticism is the 
most tormenting. — Sterne. 

Cant is good to provoke common 
sense. — Emerson. 

The affectation of some late authors 
to introduce and multiply cant words is 
the most ruinous corruption in any lan- 
guage. — Swift. 

CARDS. — It is very wonderful to see 
persons of the best sense passing hours 
together in shuffling and dividing a pack 
of cards with no conversation but what 
is made up of a few game-phrases, and 
no other ideas but those of black or red 
spots rpnged together in different fig- 
ures. Would not a man laugh to hear 
any one of his species complaining that 
life is short? — Addison. 

It is quite right that there should be 
a heavy duty on cards; not only on 
moral grounds; not only because they 
act on a social party like a torpedo, si- 
lencing the merry voice and numbing 
the play of the features; not only to 




fill the hunger of the public purse, which 
is always empty, however much you may 
put into it; but abo because every pack 
of cards is a malicious libel on courts, 
and on the world, seeing that the trump- 
ery with number one at the head is the 
best part of them; and that it gives 
kings and queens no other companions 
than knaves. — Southey. 

CARE. — Care admitted as a guest, 
quickly turns to be master. — Bovee. 

Care is no cure, but rather a corrosive 
for things that are not to be remedied. 
— Shakespeare. 

Cares are often more difficult to throw 
off than sorrows; the latter die with 
time ; the former grow upon it. — Richter. 

They lose the world who buy it, with 
much care. — Shakespeare. 

Our cares are the mothers not only of 
our charities and virtues, but of our 
best joys, and most cheering and endur- 
ing pleasures. — Simms. 

Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so 
shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and 
so thy labor' sweeten thy rest. — Quarles. 

To carry care to bed, is to sleep with 
a pack on your bac£. — Haliburton. 

Providence has given us hope and 
sleep as a compensation for the many 
cares of life. — Voltaire. 

The cares of to-day are seldom those 
of to-morrow; and when we lie down 
at night we may safely say to most of 
our troubles, " Ye have done your worst, 
and we shall see you no more." — Cowper. 

Only man clogs his happiness with 
care, destroying what is, with thoughts 
of what may be. — Dry den. 

Life's cares are comforts; such by 
heaven design'd; he that hath none 
must make them, or be wretched; cares 
are employments; and without employ 
the soul is on the rack ; the rack of rest, 
to souls most adverse; action all their 
joy. — Young. 

This world has cares enough to plague 
us; but he who meditates on others' 
woe, shall, in that meditation, lose his 
own. — Cumberland. 

We can easily manage, if we will only 
take, each day, the burden appointed for 
it. — But the load will be too heavy for 
us if we carry yesterday's burden over 
again to-day, and then add the burden 
of the morrow to the weight before we 

are required to bear it. — John Newton. 
" Many of our cares," says Scott, 
" are but a morbid way of looking at our 
privileges." — We let our blessings get 
mouldy, and then call them curses. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

The every-day cares and duties, which 
men call drudgery, are the weights and 
counterpoises of the clock of time, giv- 
ing its pendulum a true vibration, and 
its hands a regular motion; and when 
they cease to hang upon the wheels, the 
pendulum no longer swings, the hands 
no longer move, and the clock stands 
still. — Longfellow. 

Anxious care rests on a basis of 
heathen worldly-mindedness, and of 
heathen misunderstanding of the char- 
acter of God. — A. Maclaren. 

He that takes his cares on himself 
loads himself in vain with an uneasy 
burden. — I will cast my cares on God; 
he has bidden me; they cannot burden 
him. — Bp. Hall. 

Care keeps his watch in every old 
man's eye ; and where care lodges sleep 
will never lie. — Shakespeare. 

Men do not avail themselves of the 
riches of God's grace. — They love to 
nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy 
without some fret as an old friar would 
be without his hair girdle. — They are 
commanded to cast their cares on the 
Lord; but even when they attempt it, 
they do not fail to catch them up again, 
and think it meritorious to walk bur- 
dened. — H. W. Beecher. 

CARICATURE. — Nothing conveys a 
more inaccurate idea of a whole truth 
than a part of a truth so prominently 
brought forth as to throw the other parts 
into shadow. — This is the art of carica- 
ture, by the happy use of which you 
might caricature the Apollo Belvidere. — 

Take my advice, and never draw cari- 
cature. — By the long practice of it I 
have lost the enjoyment of beauty. — I 
never see a face but distorted, and never 
have the satisfaction to behold the hu- 
man face divine. — Hogarth. 


Alnaschar visions \ It is the happy privi- 
lege of youth to construct you ! — Thack- 

If you have built castles in the air, 




3'our work need not be lost; there is 
where they should be. Now put founda- 
tions under them. — Thoreau. 

We build on the ice, and write on the 
waves of the sea. — The waves roaring, 
pass away; the ice melts, and away goes 
our palace, like our thoughts. — Herder. 

Ever building to the clouds, and never 
reflecting that the poor narrow basis 
cannot sustain the giddy, tottering col- 
umn. — Schiller. 

CAUTION.— It is well to learn cau- 
tion by the misfortunes of others. — 
Publius Syrus. 

All is to be feared where all is to be 
lost. — Byron. 

Caution is crediting, and reserve in 
speaking, and in revealing one's self to 
but very few, are the best securities both 
of a good understanding with the world, 
and of the inward peace of our own 
minds. — Thomas a Kempis. 

When using a needle you move your 
fingers delicately, and with a wise cau- 
tion. — Use the same precaution with the 
inevitable dullness of life. — Give atten- 
tion; keep yourself from imprudent pre- 
cipitation; and do not take things by 
the point. — Ranee. 

Look before you leap; see before you 
go. — Tusser. 

When clouds are seen wise men put 
on their cloaks. — Shakespeare. 

None pities him that's in the snare, 
who warned before, would not beware. 
— Herrick. 

Open your mouth and purse cau- 
tiously, and your stock of wealth and 
reputation shall, at least in repute, be 
great. — Zimmerman. 

Whenever our neighbor's house is on 
fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines 
to play a little on our own. Better to 
be despised for too anxious apprehen- 
sions, than ruined by too confident se- 
curity. — Burke. 

Trust not him that hath once broken 
faith; he who betrayed thee once, will 
betray thee again. — Shakespeare. 

He that is over-cautious will accom- 
plish but very little. — Schiller. 

Take warning by the misfortunes of 
others, that others may not take ex- 
ample from you. — Saadi. 

More firm and sure the hand of cour- 

age strikes, when it obe3's the watchful 
eye of caution. — Thomson. 

Things done well and with a care, ex- 
empt themselves from fear. — Shake- 

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect 
people, who, in order not to speak 
wrong, never speak at all, and in order 
not to do wrong, never do anything. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

CENSURE. — Censure is the tax a man 
pays to the public for being eminent. — 

The censure of those who are op- 
posed to us, is the highest commendation 
that can be given us. — St. Evremond. 

He that well and rightly considereth 
his own works will find little cause to 
judge hardly of another. — Thos. a 

There are but three ways for a man 
to revenge himself for the censure of 
the world: to despise it; to return the 
like; or to live so as to avoid it. — The 
first of these is usually pretended; the 
last is almost impossible ; the universal 
practice is for the second. — Swijt. 

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners 
all. — Shakespeare. 

The readiest and surest way to get 
rid of censure, is to correct ourselves. — 

It is folly for an eminent person to 
think of escaping censure, and a weak- 
ness to be affected by it. — All the illus- 
trious persons of antiquity, and indeed 
of every age, have passed through this 
fiery persecution. — There is no defence 
against reproach but obscuritj 7 ; it is a 
kind of concomitant to greatness, as sat- 
ires and invectives were an essential 
part of a Roman triumph. — Addison. 

Censure pardons the ravens, but re- 
bukes the cloves. — Juvenal. 

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to 
prefer censure, which is useful, to praise 
which deceives them. — Rochefoucauld. 

Horace appears in good humor while 
he censures, and therefore his censure 
has the more weight, as supposed to 
proceed from judgment and not from 
passion. — Young. 

If any one speak ill of thee, consider 
whether he hath truth on his side; and 
if so, reform thyself, that his censures 
may not affect thee. — Epictetus. 




The villain's censure Is extorted praise. 
■ — Pope. 

It is harder to avoid censure than to 
gain applause, for this may be done by 
one great or wise action in an age; but 
to escape censure a man must pass his 
whole life without saying or doing one ill 
or foolish thing. — Hume. 

He is always the severest censor on 
the merits of others who has the least 
worth of his own. — E. L. Magoon. 

It is impossible to indulge in habit- 
ual severity of opinion upon our fel- 
low-men without injuring the tenderness 
and delicacy of our own feelings. — H. W. 

Most of our censure of others is only 
oblique praise of self, uttered to show 
the wisdom and superiority of the 
speaker. — It has all the invidiousness of 
self-praise, and all the ill-desert of false- 
hood. — Try on Edwards. 

We hand folks over to God's mercy, 
and show none ourselves. — George Eliot. 

The most censorious are generally the 
least judicious, or deserving, who, hav- 
ing nothing to recommend themselves, 
will be finding fault with others. — No 
man envies the merit of another who has 
enough of his own. — Ride of Life. 

Our censure of our fellow-men, which 
we are prone to think a proof of our su- 
perior wisdom, is too often only the evi- 
dence of the conceit that would magnify 
self, or of the malignity or envy that 
would detract from others. — Tryon Ed- 

CEREMONY. — All ceremonies are, in 
themselves, very silly things; but yet a 
man of the world should know them. — 
They are the outworks of manners and 
decency, which would too often be 
broken in upon, if it were not for that 
defence which keeps the enemy at a 
proper distance. — Chesterfield. 

Ceremony is the invention of wise 
men to keep fools at a distance ; as good 
breeding is an expedient to make fools 
and wise men equals. — Steele. 

To dispense with ceremony is the 
most delicate mode of conferring a com- 
pliment. — Bulwer. 

To repose our confidence in forms and 
ceremonies, is superstition; but not to 
submit to them is pride or self-conceit. 
— Pascal. 

Ceremonies differ in every country; 
they are only artificial helps which ig- 
norance assumes to imitate politeness, 
which is the result of good sense and 
good-nature. — Goldsmith. 

If we use no ceremony toward others, 
we shall be treated without any. — People 
are soon tired of paying trifling atten- 
tions to those who receive them with 
coldness, and return them with neglect. 
— Hazlitt. 

Ceremony resembles that base coin 
which circulates through a country by 
royal mandate; it serves every purpose 
of real money at home, but is entirely 
useless if carried abroad. — A person who 
should attempt to circulate his native 
trash in another country would be 
thought either ridiculous or culpable. — 

Ceremony was devised at first, to set 
a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, 
and recanting goodness; but where there 
is true friendship, there needs none. — 

To divest either politics or religion of 
ceremony, is the most certain method 
of bringing either into contempt. — The 
weak must have their inducements to 
admiration as well as the wise; and it 
is the business of a sensible government 
to impress all ranks with a sense of sub- 
ordination, whether this be effected by 
a diamond buckle, a virtuous edict, a 
sumptuary law, or a glass necklace. — 

CHANCE.— (See "Accident.") There 
is no such thing as chance; and what 
seems to us the merest accident springs 
from the deepest source of destiny. — 

By the word chance we merely ex- 
press our ignorance of the cause of any 
fact or effect — not that we think that 
chance was itself the cause. — Henry 

The doctrine of chances is the bible 
of the fool. 

There is no doubt such a thing as 
chance ; but I see no reason why Provi- 
dence should not make use of it. — 

What can be more foolish than to 
think that all this rare fabric of heaven 
and earth could come by chance, when 
all the skill of art is not able to make 
an oyster! — Jeremy Taylor. 




Chance is but the pseudonym of God 
for those particular cases which he does 
not choose to subscribe openly with his 
own sign-manual. — Coleridge. 

The mines of knowledge are often laid 
bare by the hazel-wand of chance. — 

Many shining actions owe their suc- 
cess to chance, though the general or 
statesman runs away with the applause. 
— Home. 

Be not too presumptuously sure in 
any business; for things of this world 
depend on such a train of unseen chances 
that if it were in man's hands to set 
the tables, still he would not be certain 
to win the game. — Herbert. 

How often events, by chance, and un- 
expectedly, come to pass, which you had 
not dared even to hope for! — Terence. 

Chance never writ a legible book; 
never built a fair house; never drew a 
neat picture; never did any of these 
things, nor ever will; nor can it, without 
absurdity, be supposed to do them, 
which are yet works very gross and 
rude, and very easy and feasible, as it 
were, in comparison to the production of 
a flower or a tree. — Barrow. 

Chance is always powerful. — Let your 
hook be always cast; in the pool where 
you least expect it, there will be a fish. 
— Ovid. 

Chance is a word void of sense ; noth- 
ing can exist without a cause. — Voltaire. 

He who distrusts the security of 
chance takes more pains to effect the 
safety which results from labor. To find 
what you seek in the road of life, the 
best proverb of all is that which says: 
" Leave no stone unturned." — Bulwer. 

There is no such thing as chance or 
accident, the words merely signify our 
ignorance of some real and immediate 
cause. — Adam Clarke. 

Chance generally favors the prudent. 
— Joubert. 

CHANGE.— The world is a scene of 
changes; to be constant in nature were 
inconstancy. — Cowley. 

The circumstances of the world are so 
variable, that an irrevocable purpose or 
opinion is almost synonymous with a 
foolish one. — W . H. Seward. 

Perfection is immutable, but for 
things imperfect, to change is the way 

to perfect them. — Constancy without 
knowledge cannot be always good; and 
in things ill, it is not virtue but an ab- 
solute vice. — Feltham. 

What I possess I would gladly retain. 
— Change amuses the mind, yet scarcely 
profits. — Goethe. 

If a great change is to be made in 
human affairs, the minds of men will be 
fitted to it; the general opinions and 
feelings will draw that way. Every fear 
and hope will forward it; and they who 
persist in opposing this mighty current 
will appear rather to resist the decrees 
of Providence itself, than the mere de- 
signs of men. — They will not be so much 
resolute and firm as perverse and ob- 
stinate. — Burke. 

He that will not apply new remedies 
must expect new evils. — Bacon. 

To-day is not yesterday. — We our- 
selves change. — How then, can our works 
and thoughts, if they are always to be 
the fittest, continue always the same. — 
Change, indeed, is painful, yet ever 
needful ; and if memory have its force 
and worth, so also has hope. — Carlyle. 

History fades into fable ; fact becomes 
clouded with doubt and controversy; 
the inscription moulders from the tablet; 
the statue falls from the pedestal. — Col- 
umns, arches, pyramids, what are they 
but heaps of sand, and their epitaphs 
but characters written in the dust? — 
Washington Irving. 

Remember the wheel of Providence 
is always in motion; and the spoke that 
is uppermost will be under; and there- 
fore mix trembling always with your 
joy. — Philip Henry. 

It is not strange that even our loves 
should change with our fortunes. — 

In this world of change naught which 
comes stays, and naught which goes is 
lost. — Mad. Swetchine. 

CHARACTER.— (See "Talents.") 
Character is perfectly educated will. 
— Novalis. 

The noblest contribution which any 
man can make for the benefit of pos- 
terity, is that of a good character. The 
richest bequest which any man can 
leave to the youth of his native land, 
is that of a shining, spotless example. — 
R. C. Winthrop. 




Let us not say, Eveiy man is the 
architect of his own fortune; but let us 
say, Every man is the architect of his 
own character. — G. D. Boardman. 

Give us a character on which we can 
thoroughly depend, which we know to be 
based on principle and on the fear of 
God, and it is wonderful how many bril- 
liant and popular and splendid qualities 
we can safely and gladly dispense with. 
— A. P. Stanley. 

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; 
character is best formed in the stormy 
billows of the world. — Goethe. 

There is not a man or woman, how- 
ever poor they may be, but have it in 
their power, by the grace of God, to 
leave behind them the grandest thing 
on earth, character; and their children 
might rise up after them and thank God 
that their mother was a pious woman, or 
their father a pious man. — N. Macleod. 

Only what we have wrought into our 
character during life can we take away 
with us. — Humboldt. 

It is not what a man gets, but what a 
man is, that he should think of. — He 
should think first of his character, and 
then of his condition: for if he have the 
former, he need have no fears about the 
latter. — Character will draw condition 
after it. — Circumstances obey principles. 
— H. W. Beecher. 

Men best show their character in 
trifles, where they are not on their guard. 
— It is in insignificant matters, and in 
the simplest habits, that we often see 
the boundless egotism which pays no re- 
gard to the feelings of others, and denies 
nothing to itself. — Schopenhauer. 

He who acts wickedly in private life, 
can never be expected to show himself 
noble in public conduct. He that is base 
at home, will not acquit himself with 
honor abroad; for it is not the man, but 
only the place that is changed. — Machines. 

Character is a diamond that scratches 
every other stone. — Bartol. 

Character and personal force are the 
only investments that are worth any^ 
thing. — Whitman. 

Actions, looks, words, steps, form the 
alphabet by which you may spell char- 
acters: some are mere letters, some con- 
tain entire words, lines, pages, which at 
once decipher the life of a man. Ore 

such genuine uninterrupted page may 
be your key to all the rest; but first be 
certain that he wrote it all alone, and 
without thinking of publisher or reader. 
— Lavater. 

A man's character is the reality of 
himself. — His reputation is the opinion 
others have formed of him. — Character 
is in him; — reputation is from other 
people — that is the substance, this is the 
shadow. — H. W. Beecher. 

The best characters are made by vig- 
orous and persistent resistance to evil 
tendencies ; whose amiability has been 
built upon the ruins of ill-temper, and 
whose generosity springs from an over- 
mastered and transformed selfishness. 
Such a character, built up in the pres- 
ence of enemies, has far more attraction 
than one which is natively pleasing. — 

A good character is, in all cases, the 
fruit of personal exertion. It is not in- 
herited from parents; it is not created 
by external advantages; it is no neces- 
sary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, 
or station ; but it is the result of one's 
own endeavors — the fruit and reward of 
good principles manifested in a course of 
virtuous and honorable action. — J. 

As the sun is best seen at his rising 
and setting, so men's native dispositions 
are clearest seen when they are children, 
and when they are dying. — Boyle. 

As there is much beast and some devil 
in man, so is there some angel and some 
God in him. The beast and the devil 
may be conquered, but in this life never 
destroyed. — Coleridge. 

Every man, as to character, is the 
creature of the age in which he lives. — 
Very few are able to raise themselves 
above the ideas of their times. — Voltaire. 

The great hope of society is in indi- 
vidual character. — Channing. 

The Due de Chartres used to say, that 
no man could less value character than 
himself, and yet he would gladly give 
twenty thousand pounds for a good 
character, because, he could, at once, 
make double that sum by it. — Cotton. 

Characters do not change. — Opinions 
alter, but characters are only developed. 
— Disraeli. 

The character is like white paper; if 




once blotted, it can hardly ever be made 
to appear white as before. — One wrong 
step often stains the character for life. — 
It is much easier to form a good char- 
acter and preserve it pure, than to pur- 
ify it after it has become denied. — J. 

As they, who for every slight infirm- 
ity take physic to repair their health, do 
rather impair it; so they, who for every 
trifle are eager to vindicate their char- 
acter, do rather weaken it. — J. Mason. 

Thoughts of virtue lead to virtuous ac- 
tion ; acts of virtue ripen into habits ; 
and the goodly and permanent result is, 
the formation or establishment of a vir- 
tuous character. — Chalmers. 

Our character is but the stamp on our 
souls of the free choices of good and evil 
we have made through life. — Geikie. 

A man is what he is, not what men 
say he is. — His character is what he is 
before God. — That no man can touch; 
only he himself can damage it. — His rep- 
utation is what men say he is. — That 
may be damaged. — Reputation is for 
time; character is for eternity. — J. B. 

A fair reputation is a plant of deli- 
cate nature, and by no means rapid in 
its growth. — It will not shoot up, like 
the gourd of the prophet, in a single 
night, but like that gourd in a single 
night it may perish. — J. Hawes. 

Every thought willingly contemplated, 
every word meaningly spoken, every ac- 
tion freely done consolidates itself in the 
character, and will project itself onward 
continuall}'. — H. Giles. 

Truthfulness is a corner-stone in char- 
acter, and if it be not firmly laid in 
youth, there will ever after be a weak 
spot in the foundation. — /. Davis. 

All the little vexations of life have 
their use as a part of our moral disci- 
pline. They afford the best trial of char- 
acter. Many a man who could bow with 
resignation, if told that he was to die, 
is thrown off his guard and out of tem- 
per by the slightest opposition to his 
opinions or his projects. 

Character is like stock in trade; the 
more of it a man possesses, the greater 
his facilities for making additions to it. 
Character is power — is influence ; it 
makes friends; creates funds; draws pat- 
ronage and support; and opens a sure 

and easy way to wealth, honor, and hap- 
piness. — J. Hawes. 

Experience serves to prove, that the 
worth and strength of a state depend far 
less upon the form of its institutions 
than upon the character of its men; for 
the nation is only the aggregate of in- 
dividual conditions, and civilization it- 
self is but a question of personal im- 
provement. — S. Smiles. 

Wherever you find patience, fidelity, 
honor, kindness, truth, there you find 
respectability, however obscure and 
lonely men may be. — H. W. Beecher. 

All that makes men true, pure, and 
godly, goes with them everywhere. All 
that makes them false, impure, wicked, 
abides with them. Every man goes to 
his own place. — Golden Rule. 

A tree will not only lie as it falls, 
but it will fall as it leans. And the great 
question every one should bring home to 
himself is this : " What is the inclina- 
tion of my soul? Does it, with all its 
affections, lean toward God or away 
from him? " — J. J. Gurncy. 

A good name is rather to be chosen 
than great riches, and loving favor 
rather than silver and gold. — Solomon. 

Character is built out of circum- 
stances. — From exactly the same materi- 
als one man builds palaces, while an- 
other builds hovels. — G. H. Lewes. 

The shortest and surest way to live 
with honor in the world, is to be in 
reality what we would appear to be; all 
human virtues increase and strengthen 
themselves by the practice and experi- 
ence of them. — Socrates. 

The character that needs law to mend 
it, is hardly worth the tinkering. — Jer- 

The best part of human character is 
tenderness and delicacy of feeling in 
little matters, the desire to soothe and 
please others — minutiae of the social 
virtues. — Emerson. 

As there is nothing in the world great 
but man, there is nothing truly great in 
man but character. — W. W. Evarts. 

If you would create something, you 
must be something. — Goethe. 

Not education, but character, is man's 
greatest need and man's greatest safe- 
guard. — Spencer. 

If I take care of nry character, my 




reputation will take care of itself. — D. 
L. Moody. 

There is a broad distinction between 
character and reputation, for one may 
be destroyed by slander, while the other 
can never be harmed save by its pos- 
sessor. Reputation is in no man's keep- 
ing. You and I cannot determine what 
other men shall think and say about us. 
We can only determine what they ought 
to think of us and say about us. — /. G. 

A man may be outwardly successful 
all his life long, and die hollow and 
worthless as a puff-ball; and he may be 
externally defeated all his life long, and 
die in the royalty of a kingdom estab- 
lished within him. — A man's true estate 
of power and riches, is to be in himself; 
not in his dwelling, or position, or ex- 
ternal relations, but in his own essential 
character. — That is the realm in which 
he is to live, if he is to live as a Chris- 
tian man. — H. W. Beccher. 

It is not money, nor is it mere intel- 
lect, that governs the world; it is moral 
character, and intellect associated with 
moral excellence. — T. D. Woolsey. 

Character is higher than intellect. . . . 
A great soul will be strong to live as 
well to think. — Emerson. 

Character must stand behind and back 
up everything — the sermon, the poem, 
the picture, the play. None of them is 
worth a straw without it. — J. G. Holland. 

To judge human character rightly a 
man may sometimes have very small 
experience provided he has a very large 
heart. — Bulwer. 

Make but few explanations. The 
character that cannot defend itself is 
not worth vindicating. — F. W. Robert- 

No more fatal error can be cherished 
than that any character can be complete 
without the religious element. The es- 
sential factors in character building are 
religion, moralit}', and knowledge. — /. 
L. Pickard. 

In the destiny of every moral being 
there is an object more worthy of God 
than happiness. — It is character. — And 
the grand aim of man's creation is the 
development of a grand character — and 
grand character is, by its very nature, 
the product of probationary discipline. 
— Austin Phelps. 

To be worth anything, character must 
be capable of standing firm upon its feet 
in the world of daily work, temptation, 
and trial; and able to bear the wear and 
tear of actual life. Cloistered virtues do 
not count for much. — S. Smiles. 

The great thing in this world is not 
so much where we are, but in what di- 
rection we are moving. — 0. W. Holmes. 

Do what you know and perception is 
converted into character. — Emerson. 

We shall never wander from Christ 
while we make character the end and 
aim of all our intellectual discipline; 
and we shall never misconceive character 
while we hold fast to Christ, and keep 
him first in our motto and our hearts. — 
S. F. Scovel. 

Nothing can work me damage, except 
myself. — The harm that I sustain I 
carry about me, and never am a real suf- 
ferer but by my own fault. — St. Bernard. 

Good character is human nature in its 
best form. — It is moral order embodied 
in the individual. — Men of character are 
not only the conscience of society, but 
in every well governed state they are its 
best motive power; for it is moral qual- 
ities which, in the main, rule the world. 
— S. Smiles. 

Never does a man portray his own 
character more vividly, than in his man- 
ner of portraying another. — Richter. 

Should one tell you that a mountain 
had changed its place, you are at liberty 
to doubt it ; but if any one tells you that 
a man has changed his character, do not 
believe it. — Mahomet. 

A good heart, benevolent feelings, and 
a balanced mind, lie at the foundation 
of character. Other things may be 
deemed fortuitous; they may come and 
go ; but character is that which lives and 
abides, and is admired long after its 
possessor has left the earth. — John Todd. 

You cannot dream yourself into a 
character; you must hammer and forge 
one for yourself. — Froude. 

CHARITY. — First daughter to the 
love of God, is charity to man. — Dren- 

The word " alms " has no singular, as 
if to teach us that a solitary act of 
charity scarcely deserves the name. 

Charity gives itself rich ; covetousness 
hoards itself poor. — German Proverb. 




Charity is never lost: it may meet 
with ingratitude, or be of no service to 
those on whom it was bestowed, yet it 
ever does a work of beauty and grace 
upon the heart of the giver. 

The deeds of charity we have done 
shall stay with us forever. — Only the 
wealth we have so bestowed do we keep ; 
the other is not ours. — Middle on. 

Defer not charities till death. He 
that does so is rather liberal of another 
man's substance than his own. — Stretch. 

Posthumous charities are the very es- 
sence of selfishness when bequeathed by 
those who, even alive, would part with 
nothing. — Colton. 

I would have none of that rigid and 
circumspect charity which is never exer- 
cised without scrutiny, and which al- 
ways mistrusts the reality of the neces- 
sities laid open to it. — Massillon. 

Beneficence is a duty; and he who 
frequently practices it and sees his be- 
nevolent intentions realized, at length 
comes to love him to whom he has done 
good. — Kant. 

How often it is difficult to be wisely 
charitable — to do good without multi- 
plying the sources of evil. To give alms 
is nothing unless you give thought also. 
It is written, not " blessed is he that 
feedeth the poor," but " blessed is he 
that considereth the poor." A little 
thought and a little kindness are often 
worth more than a great deal of money. 
— Ruskin. 

The charities that soothe, and heal, 
and bless, lie scattered at the feet of 
men like flowers. — Wordsworth. 

Every good act is charity. Your smil- 
ing in your brother's face, is charitj-; an 
exhortation of your fellow-man to vir- 
tuous deeds, is equal to alms-giving-, 
your putting a wanderer in the right 
road, is charity; your assisting the blind, 
is charity; your removing stones, and 
thorns, and other obstructions from the 
road, is charity; your giving water to 
the thirsty, is charit3 T . A man's true 
wealth hereafter, is the good he does in 
this world to his fellow-man. When he 
dies, people will say. " What property 
has he left behind him? " But the an- 
gels will ask, " What good deeds has he 
sent before him." — Mahomet. 

The charity that hastens to proclaim 
its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and 

is only pride and ostentation. — Button. 

It is an old saying, that charity be- 
gins at home; but this is no reason that 
it should not go abroad: a man should 
live with the world as a citizen of the 
world; he may have a preference for 
the particular quarter or square, or even 
alley in which he lives, but he should 
have a generous feeling for the welfare 
of the whole. — Cumberland. 

A man should fear when he enjoys 
only the good he does publicly. — Is it 
not publicity rather than charity, which 
he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than 
benevolence, that gives such charities? — 
H. W. Beecher. 

In my youth I thought of writing a 
satire on mankind, but now in my age 
I think I should write an apology for 
them. — Walpole. 

Wlien faith and hope fail, as they do 
sometimes, we must try charity, which 
is love in action. We must speculate no 
more on our duty, but simply do it. 
When we have done it, however blindly, 
perhaps Heaven will show us why. — 

Pity, forbearance, long-sufferance, fair 
interpretation, excusing our brother, and 
taking in the best sense, and passing 
the gentlest sentence, are certainly our 
duty; and he that does not so is an un- 
just person. — Jeremy Taylor. 

Give work rather than alms to the 
poor. The former drives out indolence, 
the latter industry. 

There are two kinds of charity, reme- 
dial and preventive. — The former is 
often injurious in its tendency; the lat- 
ter is always praiseworthy and bene- 
ficial. — Tryon Edwards. 

To pity distress is but human; to re- 
lieve it is Godlike. — H. Mann. 

Prayer carries us half-way to God, 
fasting brings us to the door of his pal- 
ace, and alms-giving procures us ad- 
mission. — Koran. 

We are rich only through what we 
give; and poor only through what we 
refuse and keep. — Mad. Swctchine. 

Public charities and benevolent as- 
sociations for the gratuitous relief of 
every species of distress, are peculiar to 
Christianity ; no other system of civil or 
religious policy has originated them; 




they form its highest praise and charac- 
teristic feature. — Colton. 

The spirit of the world has four kinds 
of spirits diametrically opposed to char- 
ity, resentment, aversion, jealousy, and 
indifferences. — Bossuet. 

The place of charity, like that of God, 
is everywhere. 

Proportion thy charity to the strength 
of thine estate, lest God proportion thine 
estate to the weakness of thy charity. — 
Let the lips of the poor be the trumpet 
of thy gift, lest in seeking applause, thou 
lose thy reward. — Nothing is more pleas- 
ing to God than an open hand, and a 
closed mouth. — Queries. 

A rich man without charity is a 
rogue; and perhaps it w r ould be no dif- 
ficult matter to prove that he is also a 
fool . — Fie Iding . 

Our true acquisitions lie only in our 
charities, we gain only as we give. — 

My poor are my best patients. — God 
pays for them. — Boerhaave. 

We should give as we would receive, 
cheerfully, quickly, and without hesita- 
tion, for there is no grace in a benefit 
that sticks to the fingers. — Seneca. 

That charity is bad which takes from 
independence its proper pride, and from 
mendicity its proper shame. — SoutJiey. 

In giving of thine alms inquire not so 
much into the person, as his necessity. — 
God looks not so much on the merits of 
him that requires, as to the manner of 
him that relieves. — If the man deserve 
not, thou hast given to humanity. — 

He who has never denied himself for 
the sake of giving, has but glanced at 
the joys of charity. — Mad. Swet chine. 

Be charitable and indulgent to every- 
one but thyself. — Joubert. 

The last, best fruit that comes late 
to perfection, even in the kindliest soul, 
is tenderness toward the hard, forbear- 
ance toward the unforbearing, warmth 
of heart toward the cold, and philan- 
thropy toward the misanthropic. — Rich- 

The truly generous is truly wise, and 
he who loves not others, lives unblest. 
— Home. 

Great minds, like heaven, are pleased 

in doing good, though the ungrateful 
subjects cf their favors are barren in re- 
turn. — Rowe. 

Nothing truly can be termed my own, 
but what I make my own by using well ; 
those deeds of charity which we have 
done, shall stay forever with us; and 
that wealth which we have so bestowed, 
we only keep; the other is not ours. — 

While actions are always to be judged 
by the immutable standard of right and 
wrong, the judgment we pass upon men 
must be qualified by considerations of 
age, country, situation, and other inci- 
dental circumstances; and it will then 
be found, that he who is most charitable 
in his judgment, is generally the least 
unjust. — Southey. 

Let him who neglects to raise the 
fallen, fear lest, when he falls, no one 
will stretch out his hand to lift him up. 
— Saadi. 

I will chide no heathen in the world 
but nryself, against whom I know most 
faults. — Shakespeare. 

Loving kindness is greater than laws; 
and the charities of life are more than 
all ceremonies. — Talmud. 

CHASTITY.— A pure mind in a chaste 
body is the mother of wisdom and de- 
liberation; sober counsels and ingenu- 
ous actions; open deportment and sweet 
carriage; sincere principles and unpre- 
judiced understanding; love of God and 
self-denial; peace and confidence; holy 
prayers and spiritual comfort; and a 
pleasure of spirit infinitely greater than 
the sottish pleasure of unchastity.— 
Jeremy Taylor. 

Chastity enables the soul to breathe a 
pure air in the foulest places. — Conti- 
nence makes her strong, no matter in 
what condition the body may be. — Her 
sway over the senses makes her queenly : 
her light and peace render her beautiful. 
— Joubert. 

A man defines his standing at the 
court of chastity, by his views of women. 
— He cannot be any man's friend, nor 
his own, if not hers. — A. B. Alcott. 

There needs not strength to be added 
to inviolate chastity; the excellency of 
the mind makes the body impregnable. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

That chastity of honor, which feels a 
stain like a wound. — Burke. 




CHEERFULNESS. — I had rather 
have a fool make me merry, than ex- 
perience make me sad. — Shakespeare. 

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are 
to humanity. They are but trifles, to be 
sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, 
the good they do is inconceivable. 

A cheerful temper joined with inno- 
cence will make beauty attractive, 
knowledge delightful, and wit good-na- 
tured. It will lighten sickness, poverty, 
and affliction; convert ignorance into an 
amiable simplicity, and render deformity 
itself agreeable. — Addison. 

Oh, give us the man who sings at his 
work. — Carlyle. 

The highest wisdom is continual cheer- 
fulness; such a state, like the region 
above the moon, is alwa3 r s clear and 
serene. — Montaigne. 

Wondrous is the strength of cheerful- 
ness, and its power of endurance — the 
cheerful man will do more in the same 
time, will do it better, will persevere in 
it longer, than the sad or sullen. — Car- 

Honest good humor is the -oil and wine 
of a merry meeting, and there is no 
jovial companionship equal to that 
where the jokes are rather small and the 
laughter abundant. — Washington Irving. 

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart 
of a man in strong health, as color to 
his cheek; and wherever there is habit- 
ual gloom, there must be either bad air, 
unwholesome food, improperly severe la- 
bor, or erring habits of life. — Ruskin. 

Be cheerful always. There is no path 
but will be easier traveled, no load but 
will be lighter, no shadow on heart and 
brain but will lift sooner for a person 
of determined cheerfulness. 

Get into the habit of looking for the 
silver lining of the cloud, and, when you 
have found it, continue to look at it, 
rather than at the leaden gray in the 
middle. It will help you over many 
hard places. — Willitts. 

To be free-minded and cheerfully dis- 
posed at hours of meals, and of sleep, 
and of exercise, is one of the best pre- 
cepts of long-lasting. — Bacon. 

A light heart lives long. — Shakespeare. 

Cheerfulness is health ; its opposite, 
melancholy, is disease. — Haliburton. 

If my heart were not light, I would 
die. — Joanna Baillie. 

If the soul be happily disposed every- 
thing becomes capable of affording en- 
tertainment, and distress will almost 
want a name. — Goldsmith. 

The true source of cheerfulness is be- 
nevolence. — The soul that perpetually 
overflows with kindness and sympathy 
will always be cheerful. — P. Godwin. 

Climate has much to do with cheer- 
fulness, but nourishing food, a good di- 
gestion, and good health much more. — 
A. Rhodes. 

If good people would but make their 
goodness agreeable, and smile instead of 
frowning in their virtue, how many 
would they win to the good cause. — 

An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a 
pound of sadness to serve God with. — 

God is glorified, not by our groans but 
by our thanksgivings; and all good 
thought and good action claim a natural 
alliance with good cheer. — E. P. Whipple. 

I have always preferred cheerfulness 
to mirth. The former is an act, the lat- 
ter a habit of the mind. Mirth is short 
and transient; cheerfulness, fixed and 
permanent. Mirth is like a flash of light- 
ning, that breaks through a gloom of 
clouds, and glitters for a moment. 
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight 
in the mind, filling it with a steady and 
perpetual serenity. — Addison. 

You have not fulfilled every duty un- 
less you have fulfilled that of being 
cheerful and pleasant. — C. Buxton. 

If I can put -one touch of a rosy sun- 
set into the life of any man or woman, 
I shall feel that I have worked with 
God. — G. Macdonald. 

Be cheerful: do not brood over fond 
hopes unrealized until a chain is fas- 
tened on each thought and wound 
around the heart. Nature intended you 
to be the fountain-spring of cheerfulness 
and social life, and not the monument 
of despair and melancholy. — A. Helps. 

Burdens become light when cheerfully 
borne. — Ovid. 

The habit of looking on the best side 
of every event is worth more than a 
thousand pounds a year. — Johnson. 

The cheerful live longest in years, 




and afterwards in our regards. Cheer- 
fulness is the offshoot of goodness. — 

The mind that is cheerful at present 
will have no solicitude for the future, 
and will meet the bitter occurrences of 
life with a smile. — Horace. 

Cheerful looks make every dish a 
feast; and it is that which crowns a wel- 
come. — Massinger. 

Every one must have felt that a cheer- 
ful friend is like a sunny day, which 
sheds its brightness on all around; and 
most of us can, as we choose, make of 
this world either a palace or a prison. — 
Sir J. Lubbock. 

There is no greater every-day virtue 
than cheerfulness. This quality in man 
among men is like sunshine to the day, 
or gentle renewing moisture to parched 
herbs. The light of a cheerful face dif- 
fuses itself, and communicates the happy 
spirit that inspires it. The sourest tem- 
per must sweeten in the atmosphere of 
continuous good humor. 

Wondrous is the strength of cheerful- 
ness, altogether past calculation its pow- 
ers of endurance. Efforts, to be per- 
manently useful, must be uniformly 
joyous, — a spirit all sunshine, graceful 
from very gladness, beautiful because 
bright. — Carlyle . 

You find yourself refreshed b} 7 the 
presence of cheerful people. — Why not 
make earnest effort to confer that pleas- 
ure on others? — Half the battle is gained 
if you never allow yourself to say any- 
thing gloomy. — L. M. Child. 

To be happy, the temperament must 
be cheerful and gay, not gloomy and 
melancholy. — A propensity to hope and 
joy, is real riches; one to fear and sor- 
row, is real poverty. — Hume. 

To make knowledge valuable, you 
must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. 
Goodness smiles to the last. — Emerson. 

Every time a man smiles, and much 
more when he laughs, it adds something 
to his fragment of life. — Sterne. 

Not having enough sunshine is what 
ails the world. — Make people happy, and 
there will not be half the quarreling, or 
a tenth part of the wickedness there 
now is. — L. M. Child. 

Cheerfulness is a friend to grace; it 
puts the heart in tune to praise God, 

and so honors religion by proclaiming 
to the world that we serve a good mas- 
ter. — Be serious, yet cheerful. — Rejoice 
in the Lord always. — Watson. 

Always look out for the sunlight the 
Lord sends into your days. — Hope 

CHILDREN. — Many children, many 
cares; no children, no felicity. — Bovee. 

Childhood shows the man, as morning 
shows the day. — Milton. 

The child is father of the man. — 

I love these little people; and it is 
not a slight thing, when they, who are 
so fresh from God, love us. — Dickens. 

The clew of our destiny, wander where 
we will, lies at the foot of the cradle. — 

The interests of childhood and youth 
are the interests of mankind. — Janes. 

Never fear spoiling children by mak- 
ing them too happy. Happiness is the 
atmosphere in which all good affections 
grow — the wholesome warmth necessary 
to make the heart-blood circulate health- 
ily and freely; unhappiness — the chilling 
pressure which produces here an inflam- 
mation, there an excrescence, and, worst 
of all, " the mind's green and yellow 
sickness " — ill temper. — Bray. 

Children have more need of models 
than of critics. — Joubert. 

If I were asked what single qualifica- 
tion was necessary for one who has the 
care of children, I should say patience — 
patience with their temoers, with their 
understandings, with their progress. It 
is not brilliant parts or great acquire- 
ments which are necessary for teachers, 
but patience to go over first principles 
again and again; steadily to add a little 
every day; never to be irritated by wil- 
ful or accidental hinderance. 

Beware of fatiguing them by ill- 
judged exactness. — If virtue offers itself 
to the child under a melancholy and 
constrained aspect, while liberty and li- 
cense present themselves under an agree- 
able form, all is lost, and your labor is 
in vain. — Fenelon. 

Children sweeten labors, but they 
make misfortunes more bitter. — They in- 
crease the cares of life, but they miti- 
gate the remembrance of death. — Bacon. 




In bringing up a child, think of its 
old age. — Joubert. 

Some one says, " Boys will be boys " ; 
he forgot to add, " Boys will be men." 

The future destiny of the child is al- 
ways the work of the mother. — Bona- 

The interests of childhood and youth 
are the interests of mankind. — Janes. 

When parents spoil their children, it 
is less to please them than to please 
themselves. It is the egotism of paren- 
tal love. 

Good Christian people, here lies for 
you an inestimable loan; — take all heed 
thereof, in all carefulness employ it. 
With high recompense, or else with 
heavy penalty, will it one day be re- 
quired back. — Carlyle. 

Your little child is your only true 
democrat. — Mrs. Stowe. 

Call not that man wretched, who, 
whatever ills he suffers, has a child to 
love. — Southey. 

I have often thought what a melan- 
choly world this would be without chil- 
dren; and what an inhuman world, with- 
out the aged. — Coleridge. 

What gift has Providence bestowed 
on man that is so dear to him as his 
children? — Cicero. 

God sends children for another pur- 
pose than merely to keep up the race — 
to enlarge our hearts; and to make us 
unselfish and full of kindly sympathies 
and affections; to give our souls higher 
aims; to call out all our faculties to ex- 
tended enterprise and exertion; and to 
bring round our firesides bright faces, 
happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. 
— My soul blesses the great Father, 
every day, that he has gladdened the 
earth with little children. — Mary Howitt. 

Be ever gentle with the children God 
has given you. — Watch over them con- 
stantly; reprove them earnestly, but not 
in anger. — In the forcible language of 
Scripture, "Be not bitter against them." 
— " Yes — they are good boys," said a 
kind father. " I talk to them much, but 
I do not beat my children: the world 
will beat them." — It was a beautiful 
thought, though not elegantly expressed. 
— Burritt. 

Childhood has no forebodings; but 

then it is soothed by n"o memories of 
outlived sorrow. — George Eliot. 

Children are God's apostles, sent 
forth, day by day, to preach of love, and 
hope and peace. — J. R. Lowell. 

A torn jacket is soon mended, but 
hard words bruise the heart of a child. — 

Blessed be the hand that prepares a 
pleasure for a child, for there is no say- 
ing when and where it may bloom forth. 
— Jerrold. 

You cannot teach a child to take care 
of himself unless you will let him try to 
take care -of himself. He will make mis- 
takes; and out of these mistakes will 
come his wisdom. — H. W. Beecher. 

Of nineteen out of twenty things in 
children, take no special notice ; but if, 
as to the twentieth, you give a direction 
or command, see that you are obeyed. — 
Try on Edwards. 

An infallible way to make your child 
miserable, is to satisfy all his demands. 
— Passion swells by gratification; and 
the impossibility of satisfying every one 
of his wishes will oblige you to stop 
short at last after he has become head- 
strong. — Home. 

With children we must mix gentleness 
with firmness. — They must not always 
have their own way, but they must not 
always be thwarted. — If we never have 
headaches through rebuking them, we 
shall have plenty of heartaches when 
thoy grow up. — Be obeved at all costs; 
for if you yield up your authority once, 
you will hardly get it again. — Spurgeon. 

Children generally hate to be idle. — 
All the care then should be, that then- 
busy humor should be constantly em- 
ployed in something that is of use to 
them — Locke. 

Who is not attracted by bright and 
pleasant children, to nrattle, to creep, 
and to play with them? — Epictetus. 

The child's grief throbs against its lit- 
tle heart as heavily as th Q man's sorrow; 
and the one finds as much delight in his 
kite or drum, as the other in striking 
the springs of enterprise, or soaring on 
the wings of fame. — E. H. Chapin. 

Children are very nice observers, and 
will often perceive your slightest de- 
fects. — In general, those who govern 




children, forgive nothing in them, but 
everything in themselves. — Fenelon. 

Childhood and genius have the same 
master-organ in common — inquisitive- 
ness. — Let childhood h»ve its way, and 
as it began where genius begins, it may 
find what genius finds. — Bulwer. 

If a boy is not trained to endure, and 
to bear trouble, he will crrow up a girl; 
and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's 
weakness without any of her regal quali- 
ties. — A woman, made out of a woman, 
is God's noblest work; a woman made 
out of a man is his meanest. — H. W. 

Who feels injustice; who shrinks be- 
fore a slight; who has a sense of wrong 
so acute, and so glowing a gratitude for 
kindness, as a generous boy? — Thack- 

The first duty to children is to make 
them happy. — If you have not made 
them so, you have wronged them. — No 
other good they may get can make up 
for that. — Buxton. 

In the man whose childhood has 
known caresses and kindness, there is 
always a fibre of memory that can be 
touched to gentle issues. — George Eliot. 

Be very vigilant over thy child in the 
April of his understanding, lest the frost 
of May nip his blossoms. — While he is 
a tender twig, straighten him; whilst he 
is a new vessel, season him; such as 
thou makest him, such commonly shalt 
thou find him. — Let his first lesson be 
obedience, and his second shall be what 
thou wilt. — Quarles. 

I do not like punishments. — You will 
never torture a child into duty; — but a 
sensible child will dread the frown of a 
judicious mother more than all the rods, 
dark rooms, and scolding school-mis- 
tresses in the universe. — H. K. White. 

We step not over the threshold of 
childhood till we are led by love. — L. E. 

When a child can be brought to tears, 
not from fear of punishment, but from 
repentance for his offence, he needs no 
chastisement. — When the tears begin to 
flow from grief at one's own conduct, be 
sure there is an angel nestling in the 
bosom. — A. Mann. 

Children are not so much to be 
taught as to be trained. — To teach a 

child is to give him ideas; to train him 
is to enable him to reduce those ideas 
to practice. — H. W. Beecher. 

It always grieves me to contemplate 
the initiation of children into the ways 
of life when they are scarcely more than 
infants. — It checks their confidence and 
simplicity, two of the best qualities that 
heaven gives them, and demands that 
they share our sorrows before they are 
capable of entering into our enjoyments. 
— Dickens. 

All the gestures of children are grace- 
ful; the reign of distortion and unnat- 
ural attitudes commences with the intro- 
duction of the dancing master. — Sir J. 

Children are the hands by which we 
take hold of heaven. By these tendrils 
we clasp it and climb thitherward. — We 
never half know them, nor can we in 
this world. — H. W. Beecher. 

" Beware," sa'id Lavater, " of him who 
hates the laugh of a child." — " I love 
God and little children," was the simple 
yet sublime sentiment of Richter. — Mrs. 

He had the rare quality of not only 
loving but respecting childhood — its in- 
nocence, its keen sense of justice, its 
passionate and yet sensitive affections. — 

Where there is a houseful of chil- 
dren, one or two of the eldest may be 
restricted, and the youngest ruined by 
indulgence; but in the midst, some are, 
as it were, forgotten, who many times, 
nevertheless, prove the best. — Bacon. 

In praising or loving a child, we love 
and praise not that which is, but that 
which we hope for. — Goethe. 

The smallest children are nearest to 
God, as the smallest planets are nearest 
the sun. — Richter. 

Above all things endeavor to breed 
them up in the love of virtue, and that 
holy plain way of it which we have lived 
in, that the world in no part of it get 
into my family. I had rather they were 
homely, than finely bred as to outward 
behavior; yet I love sweetness mixed 
with gravity, and cheerfulness tempered 
wjith sobriety. — Penn to his wife. 

Better be driven out from among men, 

than to be disliked by children. — Dana. 

The true idea of self-restraint is to 




let a child venture. — The mistakes of 
children are often better than their no- 
mistakes.— i/. W. Beecher. 

Just as the twig is bent, the tree is 
inclined. — Pope. 

The training of children is a profes- 
sion, where we must know how to lose 
time in order to gain it. — Rousseau. 

The tasks set to children should be 
moderate. Over-exertion is hurtful both 
physically and intellectually, and even 
morally. But it is of the utmost impor- 
tance that they should be made to ful- 
fil all their tasks correctly and punctu- 
ally. This will train them for an exact 
and conscientious discharge of their du- 
ties in after life. — Hare. 

Heaven lies about us in our infancy. 
— Wordsworth. 

The plays of natural lively children 
are the infancy of art. — Children live in 
a world of imagination and feeling. — 
They invest the most insignificant ob- 
ject with any form they please, and see 
in it whatever they wish to see. — 

As the vexations men receive from 
their children hasten the approach of 
age, and double the force of years, so 
the comforts they reap from them are 
balm to all their sorrows, and disappoint 
the injuries of time. Parents repeat 
their lives in their offspring; and their 
esteem for them is so great, that they 
feel their sufferings and taste their en- 
joyments as much as if they were their 
own. — R. Palmer. 

Childhood has no forebodings; but 
then it is soothed by no memories of 
outlived sorrow. — George Eliot. 

Children are excellent physiognomists, 
and soon discover their real friends. — 
Luttrell calls them all lunatics, and so 
in fact they are. — What is childhood but 
a series of happy delusions? — Sydney 

Let all children remember, if ever 
they are weary of laboring for their par- 
ents, that Christ labored for his; if im- 
patient of their commands, that Christ 
cheerfully obeyed; if reluctant to pro- 
vide for their parents, that Christ forgot 
himself and provided for his mother 
amid the agonies of the crucifixion. The 
affectionate language of this divine ex- 
ample to every child is, " Go thou and 
do likewise." — Divic/ht. 

They who have to educate children 
should keep in mind that boys are to 
become men, and that girls are to be- 
come women. The neglect of this mo- 
mentous consideration gives us a race of 
moral hermaphrodites. — Hare. 

In the long course of my legal pro- 
fession, I have met with several sons 
who had, in circumstance of difficulty, 
abandoned their fathers; but never did 
I meet with a father that would not 
cheerfully part with his last shilling to 
save or bless his son. — David Daggett. 

Whether it be for good or evil, the 
education of the child is principally de- 
rived from its own observation of the 
actions, words, voice, and looks of those 
with whom it lives. — The friends of the 
young, then, cannot be too circumspect 
in their presence to avoid every and the 
least appearance of evil. — Jebb. 

Children do not know how their par- 
ents love them, and they never will till 
the grave closes over those parents, or 
till they have children of their own. — 

Where children are, there is the 
golden age. — Novalis. 

Childhood sometimes does pay a sec- 
ond visit to a man; 3'outh never. — Mrs. 

CHIVALRY.— The age of chivalry has 
gone, and one of calculators and econ- 
omists has succeeded. — Burke. 

The age of chivlary is never past, so 
long as there is a wrong left unredressed 
on earth. — Charles Kingsley. 

Collision is as necessary to produce 
virtue in men, as it is to elicit fire in 
inanimate matter; and so chivalry is of 
the essence of virtue. — Russell. 

CHOICE^ — The measure of choosing 
well, is, whether a man likes and finds 
good in what he has chosen. — Lamb. 

Be ignorance thy choice where knowl- 
edge leads to woe. — Beattie. 

Life often presents us with a choice 
of evils rather than of good. — Colton. 

God offers to every mind its choice be- 
tween truth and repose. — Emerson. 

Choose always the way that seems the 
best, however rough it may be; custom 
will soon render it easy and agreeable. 
— Pythagoras. 

Between two evils, choose neither; be- 




tween two goods, choose both. — Try on 

CHRIST. — All history is incompre- 
hensible without Christ. — Renau. 

Jesus Christ, the condescension of di- 
vinity, and the exaltation of humanity. 
— Phillips Brooks. 

In his life, Christ is an example, show- 
ing us how to live; in his death, he is a 
sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his 
resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascen- 
sion, a king; in his intercession, a high 
priest. — Luther. 

The nature of Christ's existence is 
mysterious, I admit; but this mystery 
meets the wants of man. — Reject it and 
the world is an inexplicable riddle; be- 
lieve it, and the history of our race is 
satisfactorily explained. — Napoleon . 

Jesus Christ is a God to whom we can 
approach without pride, and before 
whom we may abase ourselves without 
despair. — Pascal. 

I believe Plato and Socrates. I be- 
lieve in Jesus Christ. — Coleridge. 

As little as humanity will ever be 
without religion, as little will it be 
without Christ. — Strauss. 

Every step toward Christ kills a doubt. 
Every thought, word, and deed for Him 
carries you away from discouragement. 

The name of Christ — the one great 
word — well worth all languages in earth 
or heaven. — Bailey. 

God never gave man a thing to do, 
concerning which it were irreverent to 
ponder how the Son of God would have 
done it. — G. Macdonald. 

This is part of the glory of Christ as 
compared with the chiefest of His 
servants that He alone stands at the 
absolute center of humanity, the one 
completely harmonious man, unfolding 
all which was in humanity, equally and 
fully on all sides, the only one in whom 
the real and ideal met and were ab- 
solutely one. — He is the absolute and 
perfect truth, the highest that humanity 
can reach ; at once its perfect image and 
supreme Lord. — French. 

As the print of the seal on the wax 
is the express image of the seal itself, so 
Christ is the express image — the perfect 
representation of God. — Ambrose. 

Men who neglect Christ, and try to 

win heaven through moralities, are like 
sailors at sea in a storm, who pull, some 
at the bowsprit, and some at the main- 
mast, but never touch the helm. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

CHRISTIAN. — A Christian is the 
highest style of man. — Young. 

To be a Christian is to believe all that 
Christ teaches, and to do all that Christ 
directs, so far as both are understood. — 
It is to receive all that Christ says as 
true, and to treat it as true, and to act 
upon it as true, because it is right, and 
God commands it, and that we may be 
saved. — Tryon Edwards. 

Though a great man may, by a rare 
possibility, be an infidel; yet an intel- 
lect of the highest order must build 
upon Christianity. — De Quincey. 

The only truly happy men I have 
ever known, were Christians. — John 

He is a Christian who is manfully 
struggling to live a Christian life. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

The only way to realize that we are 
God's children is to let Christ lead us to 
our Father. — Phillips Brooks. 

A man can no more be a Christian 
without facing evil and conquering it, 
than he can be a soldier without going 
to battle, facing the cannon's mouth, 
and encountering the enemy in the 
field.— E. H. Chapin. 

The devotion to the person of Christ 
that steers clear of the doctrines and 
precepts of Christ, is but sentimental 
rhapsody. — Herrick Johnson. 

He who was foretold and fore- 
shadowed by the holy religion of Judea, 
which was designed to free the universal 
aspiration of mankind from every im- 
pure element, he has come to instruct, 
to obey, to love, to die, and by dying 
to save mankind. — Pressense. 

Every occupation, plan, and work of 
man, to be truly successful, must be 
done under the direction of Christ, in 
union with his will, from love to him, 
and in dependence on his power. — 

Christ is the great central fact in the 
world's history; to him everything looks 
forward or backward. All the lines of 
history converge upon him. All the 
march of providence is guided by him. 




All the great purposes of God culminate 
in him. The greatest and most mo- 
mentous fact which the history of the 
world records is the fact of his birth. — 

The Christian faith reposes in a 
person rather than a creed. — Christ is 
the personal, living center of theology, 
around which the whole Christian sys- 
tem is ensphered. — Christ is the per- 
sonal source of the individual Chris- 
tian life; the personal head of the whole 
Christian church; the personal sovereign 
of the kingdom of grace. — R.B.Welch. 

That there should be a Christ, and 
that I should be Christless; that there 
should be a cleansing, and that I should 
remain foul; that there should be a 
Father's love, and I should be an alien; 
that there should be a heaven, and I 
should be cast into hell, is grief embit- 
tered, sorrow aggravated. — Spurgeon. 

Let it not be imagined that the life 
of a good Christian must be a life of 
melancholy and gloominess; for he only 
resigns some pleasures to enjoy others 
infinitely better. — Pascal. 

One truly Christian life will do more 
to prove the divine origin of Christi- 
anity than many lectures. It is of much 
greater importance to develop Christian 
character, than to exhibit Christian evi- 
dences. — J. M. Gibson. 

It is a truth that stands out with 
startling distinctness on the pages of 
the New Testament, that God has no 
sons who are not servants. — H. D. Ward. 

The Christian life is not merely 
knowing or hearing, but doing the will 
of Christ. — F. W. Robertson. 

I have known what the enjoyments 
and advantages of this life are, and 
what are the more refined pleasures 
which learning and intellectual power 
can bestow; and with all the experience 
that more than three-score years can 
give, I now, on the eve of my departure, 
declare to you, that health is a great 
blessing; competence obtained by honor- 
able industry is a great blessing; and a 
great blessing it is, to have kind, faith- 
ful, and loving friends and relatives; but 
that the greatest of all blessings, as it is 
the most ennobling of all privileges, is 
to be indeed a Christian. — Coleridge. 

It is more to the honor of a Christian 
by faith to overcome the world, than by 

monastical vows to retreat from it; 
more for the honor of Christ to serve 
him in the city, than to serve him in the 
cell. — M. Henry. 

He is no good Christian who thinks 
he can be safe without God, or not safe 
with him. — Henshaw. 

It does not require great learning to 
be a Christian and be convinced of the 
truth of the Bible. It requires only an 
honest heart and a willingness to obey 
God. — Barnes. 

No man is so happy as the real Chris- 
tian; none so rational, so virtuous, so 
amiable. How little vanity does he 
feel, though he believes himself united 
to God! How far is he from abjectness, 
though he ranks himself with the worms 
of the earth. — Pascal. 

To be good and to do good are the 
two great objects set before the Chris- 
tian; to develop a perfect character by 
rendering a perfect service. True Chris- 
tian culture leads to and expresses itself 
in service, while faithful and loving ser- 
vice is the best means of Christian 
culture. — Washington Gladden. 

A child of God should be a visible 
beatitude for joy and happiness, and 
a living doxology for gratitude and 
adoration. — Spurgeon. 

The Christian has greatly the advan- 
tage of the unbeliever, having everything 
to gain and nothing to lose. — Byron. 

Faith makes, life proves, trials con- 
firm, and death crowns the Christian. — 

A Christian is nothing but a sinful 
man who has put himself to school to 
Christ for the honest purpose of becom- 
ing better. — H. W. Beecher. 

A Christian in this world is but gold 
in the ore; at death, the pure gold is 
melted out and separated, and the dross 
cast away and consumed. — Flavel. 

The Christian needs a reminder every 
hour; some defeat, surprise, adversity, 
peril; to be agitated, mortified, beaten 
out of his course, so that all remains of 
self will be sifted out.— Horace Bush- 

The best advertisement of a work- 
shop is first-class work. The strongest 
attraction to Christianity is a well-made 
Christian character.— T. L. Cuyler. 




CHRISTIANITY. — Christianity is 
more than history. It is also a 
system of truths. Every event which 
its history records, either is a truth, or 
suggests or expresses a truth, which man 
needs assent to or to put into practice. 
— Noah Porter. 

Heathenism was the seeking religion; 
Judaism, the hoping religion; Christian- 
ity is the reality of what heathenism 
sought and Judaism hoped for. — 

Christianity is not a theory or specu- 
lation, but a life; not a philosophy of 
life, but a life and a living process.— 

The distinction between Christianity 
and all other systems of religion consists 
largely in this, that in these others men 
are found seeking after God, while 
Christianity is God seeking after men.— 
T. Arnold. 

He who shall introduce into public 
affairs the principles of primitive Chris- 
tianity, will revolutionize the world. — 

Christianity did not come from 
Heaven to be the amusement of an idle 
hour, or the food of mere imagination; 
to be " as a very lovely song of one that 
hath a pleasant voice, and playeth well 
upon an instrument." It is intended to 
be the guide and companion of all our 
hours — the serious occupation of our 
whole existence. — Bp. Jebb. 

Christianity is the good man's text; 
his life, the illustration. 

Where science speaks of improvement, 
Christianity speaks of renovation; 
where science speaks of development, 
Christianity speaks of sanctification ; 
where science speaks of progress, Chris- 
tianity speaks of perfection. — J. P. 

So comprehensive are the doctrines of 
the Gospel, that they involve all moral 
truth known by man; so extensive are 
the precepts, that they require every 
virtue, and forbid every sin. Nothing 
has been added either by the labors of 
philosophy or the progress of human 

Christianity everywhere gives dignity 
to labor, sanctity to marriage, and 
brotherhood to man. — Where it may 
not convince, it enlightens; where it 
does not convert it restrains; where it 

does not renew, it refines; where it does 
not sanctify, it subdues and elevates. — 
It is profitable alike for this world, and 
for the world that is to come. — Lord 

Christianity is not a religion of trans- 
cendental abstraction, or brilliant specu- 
lation; its children are neither monks, 
mystics, epicureans, nor stoics. — It is 
the religion of loving, speaking, and do- 
ing, as well as believing. — It is a life as 
well as a creed. — It has a rest for the 
heart, a word for the tongue, a way 
for the feet, and a work for the hand. 
The same Lord who is the foundation 
of our hopes, the object of our faith, 
and the subject of our love, is also the 
model of our conduct, for " He went 
about doing good, leaving us an ex- 
ample that we should follow his steps." 
— dimming. 

It matters little whether or no Chris- 
tianity makes men richer. But it does 
make them truer, purer, nobler. It is 
not more wealth that the world wants, 
a thousandth part as much as it is more 
character; not more investments, but 
more integrity; not money, but man- 
hood; not regal palaces, but regal souls. 
— E. G. Beckwith. 

Give Christianity a common law 
trial; submit the evidence pro and con 
to an impartial jury under the direction 
of a competent court, and the verdict 
will assuredly be in its favor. — Chief 
Justice Gibson. 

Christianity is the companion of 
liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of 
its infancy, and the divine source of its 
claims. — De Tocquevillc. 

The religion of Christ has made a Re- 
public like ours possible; and the more 
we have of this religion the better the 
Republic— #. M. Field. 

However much the priestlings of 
science may prate against the Bible, the 
high priests of science are in accord 
with Christianity. — Prof. Simpson. 

Independent of its connection with 
human destiny hereafter, the fate of re- 
publican government is indissolubly 
bound up with the fate of the Christian 
religion, and a people who reject its 
holy faith will find themselves the 
slaves of their own evil passions and of 
arbitrary power. — Lewis Cass. 

Christianity is the basis of republican 




government, its bond of cohesion, and 
its life-giving law. — More than the 
Magna Charta itself the Gosoels are the 
roots of English liberty. — That Magna 
Charta, and the Petition of Right, with 
our completing Declaration, was pos- 
sible only because the Gospels had been 
before them. — R.S.Storrs. 

There is no leveler like Christianity, 
but it levels by lifting all who receive 
it to the lofty table-land of a true char- 
acter and of und} T ing hope both for this 
world and the next. 

Prophecy and miracles argue the im- 
perfection of the state of the church, 
rather than its perfection. For they are 
means designed by God as a stay or 
support, or as a leading string to the 
church in its infancy, rather than as 
means adapted to it in its full growth. — 
Jonathan Edwards. 

Christianity will gain by every step 
that is taken in the knowledge of man. 
— Spurzheim. 

There never was found in anj T age of 
the world, either philosophy, or sect, or 
religion, or law, or discipline, which did 
so highly exalt the good of the com- 
munity, and increase private and par- 
ticular good as the holy Christian faith. 
— Hence, it clearl}' appears that it was 
one and the same God that gave the 
Christian law to men, who gave the 
laws of nature to the creatures. — 

Christianity has no ceremonial. — It 
has forms, for forms are essential to 
order; but it disdains the folly of at- 
tempting to reinforce the religion of 
the heart by the antics of the body or 
mind. — Croly. 

Christianity requires two things from 
every man who believes in it: first, to 
acquire property by just and righteous 
means, and second, to look not -only on 
his own things, but also on the things 
of others. — H. J. Van Dyke. 

With Christianity came a new civil- 
ization, and a new order of ideas. — 
Tastes were cultivated, manners refined, 
views broadened, and natures spiritu- 
alized. — Azarias. 

Whatever may be said of the philoso- 
phy of Coleridge, his proof of the truth 
of Christianity was most simple and 
conclusive. — It consisted in the words, 
"Try it for yourself." 

Christianity proves itself, as the sun 
is seen by its own light. — Its evidence 
is involved in its excellence. — Coleridge. 

The moral and religious system which 
Jesus Christ has transmitted to us, is the 
best the world has ever seen, or can 
see. — Franklin. 

When a man is opposed to Christi- 
anity, it is because Christianity is op- 
posed to him. Your infidel is usually a 
person who resents the opposition of 
Christianity to that in his nature and 
life which Jesus came to rebuke and 
destroy. — Robert Hall. 

Christianity is intended to be the 
guide, the guardian, the companion of 
all our hours: to be the food of our 
immortal spirits; to be the serious oc- 
cupation of our whole existence. — J ebb. 

The task and triumph of Christianity 
is to make men and nations true and 
just and upright in all their dealings, 
and to bring all law, as well as all con- 
duct, into subjection and conformity 
to the law of God. — H.J. Van Dyke. 

Christianity works while infidelity 
talks. She feeds the hungiy, clothes 
the naked, visits and cheers the sick, 
and seeks the lost, while infidelity 
abuses her and babbles nonsense and 
profanity. " By their fruits ye shall 
know them." — H. W . Beecher. 

Had the doctrines of Jesus been 
preached always as pure as they came 
from his lips, the whole civilized world 
would now have been Christians. — 

After reading the doctrines of Plato. 
Socrates, or Aristotle, we feel that the 
specific difference between their words 
and Christ's is the difference between 
an inquiry and a revelation. — Joseph 

Through its whole histoiy the Chris- 
tion religion has developed supreme 
affinities for best things. For the 
noblest culture, for purest morals, for 
magnificent literatures, for most finished 
civilizations, for most energetic national 
temperaments, for most enterprising 
races, for the most virile and progressive 
stock of mind, it has manifested irresist- 
ible sympathies. Judging its future by 
its past, no other system of human 
thought has so splendid a destiny. It 
is the only system which possesses un- 
dying youth. — A. Phelps. 




There's not much practical Christi- 
anity in the man who lives on better 
terms with angels and seraphs, than 
with his children, servants, and neigh- 
bors. — H. W. Beecher. 

Whatever men may think of religion, 
the historic fact is, that in proportion as 
the institutions of Christianit}" lose 
their hold upon the multitudes, the 
fabric of society is in peril. — A. T. Picr- 

The tendency of Christian ideas is to 
mental growth. — The mind must expand 
that takes them in with cordial sym- 
pathy. The conversion of Saul of Tar- 
sus wrought in him an intellectual as 
well as a moral revolution. — A. Phelps. 

Christianity has its best exponents in 
the lives of the saints. — It is only when 
our creeds pass into the iron of the 
blood that they become vital and 
organic. — Faith if not transmuted into 
character, has lost its power. — C.L. 

" Learn of me," says the philosopher, 
" and ye shall find restlessness." 
" Learn of me," says Christ, " and ye 
shall find rest." — Drummond. 

Christianity is the only system of 
faith which combines religious beliefs 
with corresponding principles of moral- 
ity. — It builds ethics on religion. — A. 

Christianity as an idea begins with 
thinking of God in the same way that 
a true son thinks of his father; Christi- 
anity as a life, begins with feeling and 
acting toward God as a true son feels 
and acts toward his father. — C. H. Park- 

Christ built no church, wrote no 
book, left no money, and erected no 
monuments; yet show me ten square 
miles in the whole earth without Chris- 
tianity, where the life of man and the 
purity of women are respected, and I 
will give up Christianity. — Drummond. 

Christendom is accounted for only by 
Christianity; and Christianity burst too 
suddenly into the world to be of the 
world. — F. D. Huntington. 

Christianity always suits us well 
enough so long as we suit it. A mere 
mental difficulty is not hard to deal 
with. With most of us it is not reason 
that makes faith hard, but life. — Jenu 

Christianity is a missionary religion, 
converting, advancing, aggressive, en- 
compassing the world; a non-missionary 
church is in the bands of death. — Max 

If ever Christianity appears in its 
power it is when it erects its trophies 
upon the tomb; when it takes up its 
votaries where the world leaves them; 
and fills the breast with immortal hope 
in dying moments. — Robert Hall. 

The real security of Christianity is 
to be found in its benevolent morality; 
in its exquisite adaption to the human 
heart; in the facility with which it ac- 
commodates itself to the capacity of 
every human intellect; in the consola- 
tion which it bears to every house of 
mourning; and in the light with which 
it brightens the great mystery of the 
grave. — Macaulay. 

There was never law, or sect, or 
opinion did so much magnify goodness, 
as the Christian religion doth. — Bacon. 

Christianity ruined emperors, but 
saved peoples. — It opened the palaces 
of Constantinople to the barbarians, 
but it opened the doors of cottages to 
the consoling angels of Christ. — Musset. 

Christianity is intensely practical. — 
She has no trait more striking than her 
common sense. — Buxton. 

Christianity is the record of a pure 
and holy soul, humble, absolutely dis- 
interested, a truth-speaker, and bent on 
serving, teaching, and uplifting men. — 
It teaches that to love the All-perfect is 
happiness. — Emerson. 

Christianity, rightly understood, is 
identical with the highest philosophy; 
the essential doctrines of Christianity 
are necessary and eternal truths of 
reason. — Coleridge. 

The true social reformer is the faith- 
ful preacher of Christianity; and the 
only organization truly potent for the 
perfection of Society, is the Christian 
Church. — I know of nothing which, as 
a thought, is more superficial, or which, 
as a feeling, is better entitled to be 
called hatred of men, than that which 
disregards the influence of the gospel 
in its efforts for social good, or attempts 
to break its hold on mankind by de- 
stroying their faith in its living power. — 




Christianity is a religion which is 
jealous in its demands, but how infi- 
nitely prodigal in its gifts? — If it troubles 
you for an hour, it repays you with im- 
mortality. — Bulwer. 

A fit abode, wherein appear enshrined 
our hopes of immortality. — Byron. 

CHURCH.— The clearest window ever 
fashioned, if it is barred by spider's 
webs, and hung over with carcasses of 
dead insects, so that the sunlight can- 
not find its way through, is of little 
use. — Now the church is God's window, 
and if it is so obscured by errors that 
its light becomes darkness, how great 
is that darkness! — H.W.Beecher. 

A Christian church is a body or col- 
lection of persons, voluntarily asso- 
ciated together, professing to believe 
what Christ teaches, to do what Christ 
enjoins, to imitate his example, cherish 
his spirit, and make known his gospel 
to others. 

Christ alone is the head of the church 
— by his truth to instruct it; by his 
authority to govern it; by his grace to 
quicken it; by his providence to pro- 
tect and guide it; by his Holy Spirit to 
sanctify and bless it ; — the source of its 
life, wisdom, unit}^, peace, power, and 
prosperity, dwelling with it here on 
earth, and preparing its faithful mem- 
bers to dwell forever with him in 

The church is the great uplifting and 
conserving agency in the world, without 
which the race would soon relapse into 
barbarism, and press its way to perdi- 
tion. — R. F. Sample. 

The way to preserve the peace of the 
church is to preserve its purity. — M. 

Surely the church is a place where one 
da3''s truce ought to be allowed to the 
dissensions and animosities of man- 
kind. — Burke. 

The church of Christ glories in her 
history, in her brotherhood, in her con- 
quering march over the world, as be- 
ing the custodian of great ideas, as 
having furnished a complete account of 
the moral economy — explaining sin, in- 
terpreting conscience, manifesting God, 
and paving the way for man's return 
to the Almighty. — F.L.Patton. 

It is the province of the church not 
only to offer salvation in the future, 

but to teach men how they ought to 
live in the present life. — F. C. Monjort. 

The church is not a gallery for the 
exhibition of eminent Christians, but 
a school for the education of imperfect 
ones, a nursery for the care of weak 
ones, a hospital for the healing of those 
who need assiduous care. — H. W. 

I have seen much of the world and of 
men, and if there are truth, purity 
sound morals, and right aims anywhere, 
you may find them in the Christian 
church. — J. P. Thompson. 

Men say the pinnacles of the churches 
point to heaven; so does every tree 
that buds, and every bird that rises and 
sings. — They say their aisles are good 
for worship; so is every rough seashore 
and mountain glen. — But this they have 
of distinct and indisputable glory, that 
their mighty walls were never raised, 
and never shall be, but by men who 
love and aid each other in their weak- 
ness, and on the way to heaven. — 
R us kin. 

There ought to be such an atmos- 
phere in every Christian church, that a 
man going and sitting there should take 
the contagion of heaven, and carry 
home a fire to kindle the altar whence 
he came. — H. W . Beecher. 

That is the only true church organ- 
ization when heads and hearts unite in 
working for the welfare of the human 
race. — Lydia Maria Child. 

CIRCUMSTANCES. — He is happy 
whose circumstances suit his temper; 
but he is more excellent who can suit 
his temper to any circumstances. — 

Men are the sport of circumstances, 
when the circumstances seem the sport 
of men. — Byron. 

It is our relation to circumstances 
that determines their influence over us. 
— The same wind that carries one ves- 
sel into port may blow another off 
shore. — Bovee. 

Trivial circumstances, which show 
the manners of the age, are often more 
instructive as well as entertaining, than 
the great transactions of wars and nego- 
tiations, which are nearly similar in all 
periods, and in all countries of the 
world. — Hume. 




Circumstances are the rulers of the 
weak; they are but the instruments 
of the wise. — Samuel Lover. 

Circumstances form the character; 
but like petrifying waters they harden 
while they form. — L.E.Landon. 

Men are not altered by their circum- 
stances, but as the}' give them oppor- 
tunities of exerting what they are in 
themselves; and a powerful clown is a 
tyrant in the most ugly form in which 
he can possibly appear. — Steele. 

Occasions do not make a man either 
strong or weak, but they show what he 
is. — Thomas a Kempis. 

Circumstances ! — I make circum- 
stances ! — Napoleon. 

CITIES. — The city is an epitome of 
the social world. — All the belts of civi- 
lization intersect along its avenues. — It 
contains the products of every moral 
zone and is cosmopolitan, not only in a 
national, but in a moral and spiritual 
sense. — E. H. Chapin. 

Cities force growth, and make men 
talkative and entertaining, but they 
make them artificial. — Emerson. 

The union of men in large masses is 
indispensable to the development ^ and 
rapid growth of their higher faculties. — 
Cities have always been the fireplaces of 
civilization, whence light and heat 
radiated out into the dark, cold world. 
— Theodore Parker. 

God the first garden made, and Cain 
the first city. — Cowley. 

I have found by experience, that they 
who have spent all their lives in cities, 
contract not only an effeminacy of 
habit, but of thinking. — Goldsmith. 

If you suppress the exorbitant love of 
pleasure and money, idle curiosity, in- 
iquitous purpose, and wanton mirth, 
what a stillness would there be in the 
greatest cities. — Bruyere. 

The city has always been the decisive 
battle ground of civilization and re- 
ligion. It intensifies all the natural 
tendencies of man. From its fomented 
energies, as well as from its greater 
weight of numbers, the city controls. 
Ancient civilizations rose and fell with 
their leading cities. In modern times, 
it is hardly too much to say, " as goes 
the city so goes the world." — S. J. Mc- 

I bless God for cities. — They have 
been as lamps of life along the path- 
ways of humanity and religion. — Within 
them, science has given birth to her 
noblest discoveries. — Behind their walls, 
freedom has fought her noblest battles. 
— They have stood on the surface of 
the earth like great breakwaters, rolling 
back or turning aside the swelling tide 
of oppression. — Cities, indeed, have 
been the cradles of human liberty. — 
They have been the active sentries of 
almost all Church and state reformation. 
— Guthrie. 

If you would know and not be known, 
live in a city. — Colton. 

Men, by associating in large masses, 
as in camps and cities, improve their 
talents, but impair their virtues; and 
strengthen their minds, but weaken 
their morals. — Colton. 

The conditions of city life may be 
made healthy, so far as the physical 
constitution is concerned. — But there is 
connected with the business of the city 
so much competition, so much rivalry, 
so much necessity for industry, that I 
think it is a perpetual, chronic, whole- 
sale violation of natural law. — There 
are ten men that can succeed in the 
country, where there is one that can 
succeed in the city. — H. W. Beecher. 

Whatever makes men good Chris- 
tians, makes them good citizens. — 
Daniel Webster. 

There is no solitude more dreadful 
for a stranger, an isolated man, than a 
great city. — So many thousands of men, 
and not one friend. — Boiste. 

In the country, a man's mind is free 
and easy, and at his own disposal ; but 
in the city, the persons of friends and 
acquaintance, one's own and other 
people's business, foolish quarrels, cere- 
monies, visits, impertinent discourses, 
and a thousand other fopperies and 
diversions steal away the greatest part 
of our time, and leave no leisure for 
better and more necessary employment. 
Great towns are but a larger sort of 
prison to the soul, like cages to birds, 
or pounds to beasts. — Charron. 

CIVILITY.— (See "Courtesy.") Ci- 
vility is a charm that attracts the love 
of all men; and too much is better than 
to show too little. — Bjy. Home. 

The general principles of urbanity, 




politeness, or civility, have been the 
same in all nations; but the mode in 
which they are dressed is continually 
varying. The general idea of showing 
respect is by making j'ourself less; but 
the manner, whether by bowing the 
body, kneeling, prostration, pulling off 
the upper part of our dress, or taking 
away the lower, is a matter of custom. 
— Sir J. Reynolds. 

While thou livest, keep a good 
tongue in thy head. — Shakespeare. 

The insolent civility of a proud man 
is, if possible, more shocking than his 
rudeness could ,be; because he shows 
you by his manner, that he thinks it 
mere condescension in him, and that 
his goodness alone bestows upon you 
what you have no pretence to claim. — 

Nothing costs less, nor is cheaper, 
than the compliments of civility. — Cer- 

When a great merchant of Liverpool 
was asked by what means he had con- 
trived to realize the large fortune he 
possessed, his reply was, "By one article 
alone, in which thou mayest deal too, 
if thou pleasest — it is civility." — 

If a civil word or two will render a 
man happy, he must be a wretch, in- 
deed, who will not give them to him. — 
Such a disposition is like lighting an- 
other man's candle by one's own, which 
loses none of its brilliancy by what the 
other gains. — Penn. 

CIVILIZATION.— All that is best in 
the civilization of to-da} r , is the fruit 
of Christ's appearance among men. — 
Daniel Webster. 

More than one of the strong nations 
may shortly have to choose between 
a selfish secular civilization, whose God 
is science, and an unselfish civilization 
whose God is Christ. — R. D. Hitchcock. 

If 3 r ou would civilize a man, begin 
with his grandmother. — Victor Hugo. 

Here is the element or power of con- 
duct, of intellect and knowledge, of 
beauty, and of social life and manners, 
and all needful to build up a complete 
human life. — We have instincts respond- 
ing to them all, and requiring them all, 
and we are perfectly civilized only when 
all these instincts of our nature — all 
these elements in our civilization have 

been adequately recognized and satis- 
fied. — Matthew Arnold. 

In order to civilize a people, it is 
necessary first to fix it, and this can- 
not be done without inducing it to 
cultivate the soil. — De Tocqueville. 

The most civilized people are as near 
to barbarism, as the most polished steel 
is to rust. — Nations, like metals, have 
only a superficial brilliancy. — Rivarol. 

The true test of civilization is, not 
the census, nor the size of cities, nor 
the crops, but the kind of man that the 
country turns out. — Emerson. 

A sufficient and sure method of civil- 
ization is the influence of good women. 
■ — Emerson. 

The ultimate tendency of civilization 
is toward barbarism. — Hare. 

The ease, the luxury, and the abun- 
dance of the highest state of civiliza- 
tion, are as productive of selfishness as 
the difficulties, the privations, and the 
sterilities of the lowest. — Colton. 

It is the triumph of civilization that 
at last communities have obtained such 
a mastery over natural laws that they 
drive and control them. The winds, 
the water, electricitj', all aliens that in 
their wild form were dangerous, are now 
controlled b}' human will, and are made 
useful servants. — H. W. Beecher. 

Civilization is the upward struggle of 
mankind, in which millions are trampled 
to death that thousands may mount on 
their bodies. — Balfour. 

Nations, like individuals, live or die. 
but civilization cannot perish. — Mazzini. 

The old Hindoo saw, in his dream, 
the human race led out to its various 
fortunes. — First, men were in chains, 
that went back to an iron hand — then 
he saw them led by threads from the 
brain, which went upward to an unseen 
hand. The first was despotism, iron, 
and ruling by force. — The last was 
civilization, ruling by ideas. — Wendell 

No civilization other than that which 
is Christian, is worth seeking or posses- 
sing. — Bismarck. 

The post office, with its educating 
energy, augmented by cheapness, and 
guarded by a certain religious sentiment 
in mankind, so that the power of ;i 
wafer, or a drop of wax guards a letter 




as it flies over sea and land, and bears 
it to its address as if a battalion of 
artillery had brought it, I look upon as 
a first measure of civilization. — Emerson. 

With Christianity came a new civi- 
lization and a new order of ideas. — 
Tastes were cultivated, manners refined, 
views broadened, and natures spiritual- 
ized. — Azarias. 

Christianity has carried civilization 
along with it, whithersoever it has gone. 
— And as if to show that the latter 
does not depend on plrysical causes, 
some of the countries, the most civilized 
in the days of Augustus, are now in a 
state' of hopeless barbarism. — Hare. 

No true civilization can be expected 
permanently to continue which is not 
based on the great principles of Chris- 
tianity. — Tryon Edwards. 

CLEANLINESS. — Cleanliness of 
body was ever esteemed to proceed from 
a due reverence to God. — Bacon. 

Certainly, this is a dutj^ — not a sin. — 
Cleanliness is, indeed, next to Godliness. 
— John Wesley. 

Let thy mind's sweetness have its 
operation upon thy body, thy clothes, 
and thy habitation. — Herbert. 

The consciousness of clean linen is, in, 
and of itself, a source of moral strength, 
second only to that of a clean con- 
science. — A well-ironed collar or a 
fresh glove has carried many a man 
through an emergency in which a 
wrinkle or a rip would have defeated 
him.— E. S. Phelps. 

Even from the body's purity the 
mind receives a secret sj'mpathetic aid. 
— Thomson. 

So great is the effect of cleanliness 
upon man, that it extends even to his 
moral character. — Virtue never dwelt 
long with filth; nor do I believe there 
ever was a person scrupulously atten- 
tive to cleanliness who was a consum- 
mate villain. — Rumjord. 

Beauty commonly produces love, but 
cleanliness preserves it. — Age itself is 
not unamiable while it is preserved 
clean and unsullied — like a piece of 
metal constantly kept smooth and 
bright, which we look on with more 
pleasure than on a new vessel cankered 
with rust. — Addison. 

Cleanliness may be recommended as 

a mark of politeness, as it produces af- 
fection, and as it bears analogy to 
purity of mind. — As it renders us agree- 
able to others, so it makes us easy to 
ourselves. — It is an excellent preserv- 
ative of health; and several vices, de- 
structive both to body and mind, are 
inconsistent with the habit of it. — 

CLEMENCY.— Clemency is not only 
the privilege, the honor, and the duty 
of a prince, but it is also his security, 
and better than all his garrisons, forts, 
and guards to preserve himself and his 
dominions in safety. — It is the brightest 
jewel in a monarch's crown. — Stretch. 

Lenity will operate with greater force, 
in some instances, than rigor. — It is, 
therefore, my first wish, to have my 
whole conduct distinguished by it. — 

Clemency, which we make a virtue 
of, proceeds sometimes from vanity, 
sometimes from indolence, often from 
fear, and almost always from a mixture 
of all three. — Rochefoucauld. 

As meekness moderates anger, so 
clemency moderates punishment. — 

In general, indulgence for those wc 
know, is rarer than pity for those we 
know not. — Rivarol. 

Clemency is profitable for all; mis- 
chiefs contemned lose their force. — 

CLOUDS. — Those playful fancies of 
the might}'' sky. — Albert Smith. 

That looked as though an angel, in 
his upward flight, had left his mantle 
floating in mid-air. — Joanna Baillie. 

My God, there go the chariots in 
which thou ridest forth to inspect thy 
fields, gardens, meadows, forests, and 
plains. — They are the curtains, which, 
at thy good pleasure, thou drawest as 
a covering over the plants, that they 
may not be withered and destroyed by 
the heat; and not seldom are they the 
arsenal in which thou keepest thine 
artillery of thunder and lightning, at 
times to strike the children of men with 
reverential awe, or inflict on them some 
great punishment. — Gotthold. 

COMFORT.— Of all created comforts, 
God is the leader; you arc the bor- 
rower, not the owner. — Rutherford. 




It is a little thing to speak a phrase 
of common comfort, which by daily 
use has almost lost its sense; and yet, 
on the ear of him who thought to die 
unmourned, it will fall like the choicest 
music. — Taljourd. 

I have enjoyed many of the com- 
forts of life, none of which I wish to 
esteem lightly; yet I confess I know not 
any joy that is so dear to me, that so 
fully satisfies the inmost desires of my 
mind, that so enlivens, refines, and 
elevates my whole nature, as that which 
I derive from religion — from faith in 
God. — May this God be thy God, thy 
refuge, thy comfort, as he has been 
mine. — Lavater. 

Most of our comforts grow up be- 
tween our crosses. — Young. 

The comforts we enjo}' here below, 
are not like the anchor in the bottom 
of the sea, that holds fast in a storm, 
but like the flag upon the top of the 
mast, that turns with eveiy wind. — C. 

Giving comfort under affliction re- 
quires that penetration into the human 
mind, joined to that experience which 
knows how to soothe, how to reason, 
and how to ridicule, taking the utmost 
care not to apply those arts improperly. 
— Fielding. 

COMMANDERS. — He who rules 
must humor full as much as he com- 
mands. — George Eliot. 

It is better to have a lion at the head 
of an army of sheep, than a sheep at 
the head of an army of lions. — De Foe. 

The right of commanding is no longer 
an advantage transmitted by nature; 
like an inheritance, it is the fruit of 
labors, the price of courage. — Voltaire. 

A brave captain is as a root, out of 
which, as branches, the courage of his 
soldiers doth spring. — Sir P. Sidney. 

A man must require just and reason- 
able things if he would see the scales of 
obedience properly trimmed. — From 
orders which are improper, springs re- 
sistance which is not easily overcome. — 

COMMERCE.— I am wonderfully de- 
lighted to see a body of men thriving in 
their own fortunes, and at the same 
1 ime promoting the public stock ; or, in 
other words, raising estates for their 

own families by bringing into their 
country whatever is wanting, and carry- 
ing out of it whatever is superfluous. — 

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the 
health and vigor of commerce, as it is 
to the health and vigor of citizenship. — 
Patrick Henry. 

Commerce tends to wear off those prej- 
udices which maintain destruction and 
animosity between nations. — It softens 
and polishes the manners of men. — It 
unites them by one of the strongest of 
all ties — the desire of supplying their 
mutual wants. — It disposes them to 
peace by establishing in every state an 
order of citizens bound by their interest 
to be the guardians of public tranquil- 
lity. — F. W. Robertson. 

Commerce has made all winds her 
messengers; all climes her tributaries; 
all people her servants. — Try on Edwards. 

Commerce may well be termed the 
younger sister, for, in all emergencies, 
she looks to agriculture both for defence 
and for supply. — Colton. 

Every dollar spent for missions has 
added hundreds to the commerce of the 
world.— N. G. Clark. 

It may almost be held that the hope 
of commercial gain has done nearly as 
much for the cause of truth, as even the 
love of truth itself. — Bovee. 

A well regulated commerce is not like 
law, physic, or divinity, to be over- 
stocked with hands; but, on the con- 
trary, flourishes by multitudes, and gives 
employment to all its professors. — 

A statesman may do much for com- 
merce — most, by leaving it alone. — A 
river never flows so smoothly as when 
it follows its own course, without either 
aid or check. — Let it make its own bed; 
it will do so better than you can. 

Commerce defies every wind, outrides 
every tempest and invades every zone. 
— Bancroft. 

Commerce is no missionary to carry 
more or better than you have at home. 
— But what you have at home, be it 
gospel, or be it drunkenness, commerce 
carries the world over. — E. E. Hale. 

COMMON SENSE.— (See "Sense/') 

Common sense is, of all kinds, the 
most uncommon. — It implies good judg- 




ment, sound discretion, and true and 
practical wisdom applied to common 
life. — Tryon Edwards. 

Fine sense, and exalted sense, are not 
half as useful as common sense. — There 
are forty men of wit to one man of 
sense. — He that will cany nothing about 
him but gold, will be every day at a 
loss for readier change. — Pope. 

To act with common sense according 
to the moment, is the best wisdom I 
know; and the best philosophy is to do 
one's duties, take the world as it comes, 
submit respectfully to one's lot; bless 
the goodness that has given us so much 
happiness with it, whatever it is; and 
despise affectation. — Walpole. 

Common sense is the knack of seeing 
things as they are, and doing things as 
they ought to be done. — C. E. Stowe. 

" Knowledge, without common sense," 
says Lee, is " folly ; without method, it is 
waste; without kindness, it is fanati- 
cism ; without religion, it is death." But 
with common sense, it is wisdom; with 
method, it is power; with charity, it is 
beneficence ; with religion, it is virtue, 
and life, and peace. — Farrar. 

If a man can have only one kind of 
sense, let him have common sense. — If 
he has that and uncommon sense too, 
he is not far from genius. — H. W. 

He was one of those men who possess 
almost every gift, except the gift of the 
power to use them. — C. Kingsley. 

The crown of all faculties is common 
sense. — It is not enough to do the right 
thing, it must be done at the right time 
and place. — Talent knows what to do; 
tact knows when and how to do it.— W. 

The figure which a man makes in life, 
the reception which he meets with in 
company, the esteem paid him by his 
acquaintance — all these depend as much 
upon his good sense and judgment, as 
upon any other part of his character. 
A man of the best intentions, and farth- 
est removed from all injustice and 
violence, would never be able to make 
himself much regarded, without a moder- 
ate share of parts and understanding. — 

Common sense is only a modification 

of talent.— C.enius is an exaltation of it. 

— The difference is, therefore, in degree, 
not nature. — Bulwer. 

No man is quite sane. Each has a 
vein of folly in his composition — a slight 
determination of blood to the head, to 
make sure of holding him hard to some 
one point which he has taken to heart. — 

If common sense has not the brilliancy 
of the sun, it has the fixity of the stars. 
— Caballero. 

One pound of learning requires ten 
pounds of common sense to apply it. — 
Persian Proverb. 

If you haven't grace, the Lord can 
give it to you. — If you haven't learning, 
I'll help you to get it. — But if you 
haven't common sense, neither I, nor the 
Lord can give it to you. — John Brown 
(of Haddington, to his students). 

COMMUNISM.— What is a commun- 
ist? — One who has yearnings for equal 
division of unequal earnings. — Idler or 
bungler, he is willing to fork out his 
penny and pocket your shilling. — Eben- 
ezer Elliott. 

Your levelers wish to level down as 
far as themselves. — But they cannot 
bear leveling up to themselves. — The}' 
would all have some people under them. 
— Why not then have some people 
above them? — Johnson. 

Communism possesses a language 
which every people can understand. — 
Its elements are hunger, envy, and 
death. — Heine. 

COMPANIONSHIP.— (See "Associ- 

Good company, and good discourse 
are the very sinews of virtue. — Izaak 

It is good discretion not to make too 
much of any man at the first, because 
one cannot hold out in that proportion. 
— Bacon. 

It is expedient to have an acquaint- 
ance with those who have looked into 
the world; who know men, understand 
business, and can give you good intelli- 
gence and good advice when they are 
wanted. — Bp. Home. 

Be cautious with whom you associate, 
and never give your company or your 
confidence to those of whose good prin- 
ciples you are not sure. — Bp. Coleridge. 

No company is preferable to bad, be- 




cause we are more apt to catch the 
vices of others than their virtues, as 
disease is far more contagious than 
health. — Colton. 

What is companionship where noth- 
ing that improves the intellect is com- 
municated, and where the larger heart 
contracts itself to the model and dimen- 
sion of the smaller? — Lanclor. 

Wicked companions invite and lure 
us to hell. — Fielding. 

No man can possibly improve in any 
company for which he has not respect 
enough to be under some degree of 
restraint. — Chesterfield. 

No man can be provident of his 
time, who is not prudent in the choice 
of his compan}-. — Jeremy Taylor. 

Evil companions are the devil's 
agents whom he sends abroad into the 
world to debauch virtue, and to advance 
his kingdom ; and by these ambassadors 
he effects more than he could in his own 
person. — Anthony Horneck. 

Take rather than give the tone of the 
company you are in. — If you have parts, 
you will show them, more or less, upon 
every subject; and if you have not, you 
had better talk sillily upon a subject of 
other people's choosing than of your 
own. — Chesterfield. 

The most agreeable of all companions 
is a simple, frank man, without any 
high pretensions to an oppressive great- 
ness; one who loves life, and under- 
stands the use of it; obliging, alike, at 
all hours; above all, of a golden temper, 
and steadfast as an anchor. — For such 
an one we gladly exchange the greatest 
genius, the most brilliant wit, the pro- 
foundest thinker. — Leasing. 

COMPARISON.— If we rightly esti- 
mate what we call good and evil, we 
shall find it lies much in comparison. — 

The superiority of some men is 
merely local. — They are great because 
their associates are little. — Johnson. 

When the moon shone we did not 
see the candle: so doth the greater 
glory dim the less. — A substitute shines 
lightly as a king until a king be by, and 
then his state empties itself, as doth 
an inland brook into the main of 
waters. — Shakespeare. 

COMPASSION. — There never was 

any heart truly great and generous, that 
was not also tender and compassionate. 
— South. 

It is the crown of justice and the 
glory, where it may kill with right, to 
save with pity. — Beaumont and 

The dew of compassion is a tear. — 

Compassion to an offender who has 
grossly violated the laws, is, in effect, a 
cruelty to the peaceable subject who 
has observed them. — Junius. 

Man may dismiss compassion from 
his heart, but God will never. — Cowper. 

COMPENSATION.— There is wisdom 
in the saying of Feltham, that the whole 
creation is kept in order by discord, 
and that vicissitude maintains the 
world. — Many evils bring many bless- 
ings. — Manna drops in the wilderness. 
— Corn grows in Canaan. — Willmott. 

All advantages are attended with dis- 
advantages. — A universal compensation 
prevails in all conditions of being and 
existence. — Hume. 

No evil is without its compensation. 
— The less money, the less trouble. — 
The less favo.', the less envy. — Even in 
those cases which put us out of wits, it 
is not the loss itself, but the estimate 
of the loss that troubles us. — Seneca. 

Whatever difference may appear in 
the fortunes of mankind, there is, never- 
theless, a certain compensation of good 
and evil which makes them equal. — W. 


If the poor man cannot always get 
meat, the rich man cannot always di- 
gest it. — Giles. 

If poverty makes man groan, he 
yawns in opulence. — When fortune ex- 
empts us from labor, nature overwhelms 
us with time. — Rivarol. 

When you are disposed to be vain of 
your mental acquirements, look up to 
those who are more accomplished than 
yourself, that 3 r ou may be fired with 
emulation; but when you feel dissatis- 
fied with your circumstances, look down 
on those beneath you, that you may 
learn contentment — H. More. 

W T hen fate has allowed to any man 
more than one great gift, accident or 
necessity seems usuallv to contrive that 




one shall encumber and impede the 
other. — Swinburne. 

As there is no world!}' gain without 
some loss, so there is no worldly loss 
without some gain. — If thou hast lost 
thy wealth, thou hast lost some trouble 
with it. — If thou art degraded from thy 
honor, thou art likewise freed from the 
stroke of envy. — If sickness hath blurred 
thy beauty, it hath delivered thee from 
pride. — Set the allowance against the 
loss and thou shalt find no loss great. — 
He loses little or nothing who reserves 
himself. — Quarles. 

COMPLACENCY. — Complaisance 
renders a superior amiable, an equal 
agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. It 
smooths distinction, sweetens conversa- 
tion, and makes every one in the com- 
pany pleased with himself. It produces 
good nature and mutual benevolence, 
encourages the timorous, soothes the tur- 
bulent, humanizes the fierce, and distin- 
guishes a society of civilized persons 
from a confusion of savages. — Addison. 

Complacency is a coin by the aid of 
which all the world can, for want of es- 
sential means, pay its club bill in society. 
— It is necessary-, however, that it may 
lose nothing of its merits, to associate 
judgment and prudence with it. — Vol- 

Complaisance, though in itself it be 
scarce reckoned in the number of moral 
virtues, is that which gives a luster to 
every talent a man can be possessed of. 
— I would advise every man of learn- 
ing, who would not appear a mere 
scholar or philosopher, to make himself 
master of this social virtue. — Addison. 

Complaisance pleases all; prejudices 
none; adorns wit; renders humor agree- 
able; augments friendship; redoubles 
love; and united with justice and gen- 
erosity, becomes the secret chain of the 
society of mankind. — M. de Scuderi. 

COMPLAINING.— We do not wisely 
when we vent complaint and censure. — 
We cry out for a little pain, when we 
do but smile for a great deal of con- 
tentment. — Feltham. 

Every one must see daily instances of 
people who complain from a mere habit 
of complaining; and make their friends 
unensy. and strangers merry, by murmur- 
ing at evils that do not exist, and repin- 

ing at grievances which they do not 
really feel. — Graves. 

I will chide no brother in the world 
but myself, against whom I know most 
faults. — Shakespeare. 

The man who is fond of complaining, 
likes to remain amid the objects of his 
vexation. — It is at the moment that he 
declares them insupportable that he will 
most strongl}- revolt against every- means 
proposed for his deliverance. — This is 
what suits him. — He asks nothing better 
than to sigh over his position and to 
remain in it. — Guizot. 

I will not be as those who spend the 
day in complaining of headache, and the 
night in drinking the wine that give* 
it. — Goethe. 

Murmur at nothing: if our ills are 
irreparable, it is ungrateful; if remedi- 
less, it is vain. A Christian builds his 
fortitude on a better foundation than 
stoicism ; he is pleased with eveiything 
that happens, because he knows it could 
not happen unless it had first pleased 
God and that which pleases Him must 
be the best. — Colton. 

The usual fortune of complaint is to 
excite contempt more than pity. — John- 

I have always despised the whining 
yeli^ of complaint, and the cowardly 
feeble resolve. — Burns. 

COMPLIMENTS. — Compliments are 
only lies in court clothes. — Sterling. 

A deserved and discriminating com- 
pliment is often one of the strongest 
encouragements and incentives to the 
diffident and self-distrustful. — Tryon Ed- 

A compliment is usually accompanied 
with a bow, as if to beg pardon for pay- 
ing it. — Hare. 

Compliments of congratulation are al- 
ways kindl} r taken, and cost nothing but 
pen, ink, and paper. I consider them 
as draughts upon good breeding, where 
the exchange is always greatly in favor 
of the drawer. — Chesterfield. 

Compliments which we think are de- 
served, we accept only as debts, with in- 
difference; but those which conscience 
informs us we do not merit, we receive 
with the same gratitude that we do fa- 
vors given away. — Goldsmith. 

COMPROMISE.— Compromise is but 




the sacrifice of one right or good in the 
hope of retaining another, — too often 
ending in the loss of both. — Tryon Ed- 

From the beginning of our history the 
country has been afflicted with compro- 
mise. It is b}^ compromise that human 
rights have been abandoned. I insist 
that this shall cease. The country needs 
repose after all its trials; it deserves re- 
pose. And repose can only be found in 
everlasting principles. — Charles Sumner. 

CONCEALMENT.— (See "Crime.") 
To conceal anything from those to whom 
I am attached, is not in my nature. — I 
can never close my lips where I have 
opened my heart. — Dickens. 

He who can conceal his joys, is greater 
than he who can hide his griefs. — Lava- 

It is great cleverness to know how to 
conceal our cleverness. — Rochefoucauld. 

" Thou shalt not get found out " is 
not one of God's commandments; and 
no man can be saved by trying to keep 
it. — Leonard Bacon. 

CONCEIT. — (See "Self-conceit.") 
Conceit is the most contemptible, and 
one of the most odious qualities in the 
world. — It is vanity driven from all other 
shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for 
admiration. — Hazlitt. 

It is wonderful how near conceit is to 
insanity ! — Jerrold. 

Wind puffs up empty bladders; opin- 
ion, fools. — Socrates. 

He who gives himself airs of impor- 
tance, exhibits the credentials of impo- 
tence. — Lavater. 

The overweening seif-respect of con- 
ceited men relieves others from the duty 
of respecting them at all. — H. W. 

Conceit is to nature, what paint is to 
beauty; it is not only needless, but it 
impairs what it would improve. — Pope. 

The more one speaks of himself, the 
less he likes to hear another talked of. 
— Lavater. 

They say that every one of us be- 
lieves in his heart, or would like to have 
others believe, that he is something 
which he is not. — Thackeray. 

Conceit and confidence are both of 
them cheats.— The first always imposes 

on itself; the second frequently deceives 
others. — Zimmerman. 

A man — poet, prophet, or whatever he 
may be — readily persuades himself of his 
right to all the worship that is volun- 
tarily tendered. — Hawthorne. 

None are so seldom found alone, or 
are so soon tired of their own company, 
as those coxcombs who are on the best 
terms with themselves. — Colton. 

No man was ever so much deceived 
by another, as by himself. — Greville. 

Every man, however little, makes a 
figure in his own eyes. — Home. 

It is the admirer of himself, and not 
the admirer of virtue, that thinks him- 
self superior to others. — Plutarch. 

The weakest spot in every man is 
where he thinks himself to be the wisest. 
— Emmons. 

The best of lessons, for a good many 
people, would be, to listen at a key-holo. 
— It is a pity for such that the practice 
is dishonorable. — Mad. Swetchine. 

If he could only see how small a va- 
cancy his death would leave, the proud 
man would think less of the place he 
occupies in his life-time. — Legouve. 

One's self-satisfaction is an untaxed 
kind of property, which it is very un- 
pleasant to find depreciated. — George 

If its colors were but fast colors, self- 
conceit would be a most comfortable 
quality. — But life is so humbling, morti- 
fying, disappointing to vanity, that a 
great man's idea of himself gets washed 
out of him by the time he is forty. — C. 

I've never any pity for conceited 
people, because I think they carry their 
comfort about with them. — George Eliot. 

Conceit may puff a man up, but can 
never prop him up. — Ruskin. 

We uniformly think too well of our- 
selves. But self-conceit is specially the 
mark of a small and narrow mind. Great 
and noble natures are most free from 

CONDUCT. — Conduct is the great 
profession. Behavior is the perpetual 
revealing of us. What a man does, tells 
us what he is. — F. D. Huntington. 

If we do not weigh and consider to 
what end life is given us, and thereupon 




order and dispose it aright, pretend what 
we will as to arithmetic, we do not, and 
cannot number our days in the narrow- 
est and most limited signification. — Clar- 

It is not enough that you form, and 
even follow the most excellent rules for 
conducting yourself in the world; you 
must, also, know when to deviate from 
them, and where lies the exception. — 

Fools measure actions, after they are 
done, by the event; wise men before- 
hand, by the rules of reason and right. 
The former look to the end, to judge of 
the act. Let me look to the act, and 
leave the end with God. — Bp. Hall. 

The integrity of men is to be measured 
by their conduct, not by their profes- 
sions. — Junius. 

I will govern my life and my thoughts 
as if the whole world were to see the 
one and read the other. — For what does 
it signify to make anything a secret to 
my neighbor, when to God, who is the 
searcher of our hearts, all our privacies 
are open. — Seneca. 

Every one of us, whatever our specu- 
lative opinions, knows better than he 
practices, and recognizes a better law 
than he obeys. — Froude. 

In all the affairs of life let it be your 
great care, not to hurt your mind, or 
offend your judgment. — And this rule, 
if observed carefully in all your deport- 
ment, will be a mighty security to you 
in your undertakings. — Epictetus. 

All the while that thou livest ill, thou 
hast the trouble, distraction, and incon- 
veniences of life, but not the sweet and 
true use of it. — Fuller. 

CONFESSION.— A man should never 
be ashamed to own he has been in the 
wrong, which is but saying, in other 
words, that he is wiser to-day than he 
was yesterday. — Pope. 

The confession of evil works is the 
first beginning of good works. — Augus- 

Why does no man confess his vices? — 
because he is yet in them. — It is for a 
waking man to tell his dream. — Seneca. 

Be not ashamed to confess that you 
have been in the wrong. It is but own- 
ing what you need not be ashamed of — 
that you now have more sense than you 

had before, to see your error; more hu- 
mility to acknowledge it, more grace to 
correct it. — Seed. 

If thou wouldst be justified, acknowl- 
edge thine injustice. — He that confesses 
his sin, begins his journey toward salva- 
tion. — He that is sorry for it, mends his 
pace. — He that forsakes it, is at his jour- 
ney's end. — Quarles. 

It is not our wrong actions which it 
requires courage to confess, so much as 
those which are ridiculous and foolish. 
— Rousseau. 

Confession of sin comes from the of- 
fer of mercy. — Mercy displayed causes 
confession to flow, and confession flowing 
opens the way for mercy. — If I have not 
a contrite heart, God's mercy will never 
be mine; but if God had not manifested 
his mercy in Christ, I could never have 
had a contrite heart. — Arnot. 

CONFIDENCE. — Trust men and 
they will be true to you; treat them 
greatly and they will show themselves 
great. — Emerson. 

I think I have learned, in some degree 
at least, to . disregard the old maxim 
" Do not get others to do what you 
can do yourself." My motto on the 
other hand is, "do not do that which 
others can do as well." — Booker T. 

Trust not him that hath once broken 
faith . — Sh akespeare . 

He that does not respect confidence 
will never find happiness in his path. — 
The belief in virtue vanishes from his 
heart; the source of nobler actions be- 
comes extinct in him. — Auffenberg. 

Confidence is a plant of slow growth; 
especially in an aged bosom. — Johnson. 

Trust him with little, who, without 
proofs, trusts you with everything, or 
when he has proved you, with nothing. — 

When young, we trust ourselves too 
much; and we trust others too little 
when old. — Rashness is the error of 
youth; timid caution of age. — Manhood 
is the isthmus between the two extremes 
— the ripe and fertile season of action 
when, only, we can hope to find the 
head to contrive, united with the hand 
to execute. — Colton. 

Society is built upon trust, and trust 




upon confidence in one another's integ- 
rity. — South. 

All confidence is dangerous, if it is 
not entire; we ought on most occasions 
to speak all, or conceal all. We have 
already too much disclosed our secrets 
to a man, from whom we think any one 
single circumstance is to be concealed. — 

Let us have a care not to disclose our 
hearts to those who shut up theirs 
against us. — Beaumont. 

Fields are won bj r those who believe 
in winning. — T. W. Higginson. 

They can conquer who believe they 
can. — Dryden. 

Confidence imparts a wondrous in- 
spiration to its possessor. — It bears him 
on in security, either to meet no danger, 
or to find matter of glorious trial. — 

The human heart, at whatever age, 
opens only to the heart that opens in re- 
turn. — Maria Edgeworth. 

Confidence in one's self, though the 
chief nurse of magnanimity, doth not 
leave the care of necessary .furniture for 
it ; of all the Grecians, Homer doth make 
Achilles the best armed. — Sir P. Sidney. 

I could never pour out my inmost soul 
without reserve to any human being, 
without danger of one day repenting my 
confidence. — Burns. 

There are cases in which a man would 
be ashamed not to have been imposed 
upon. There is a confidence necessaiy 
to human intercourse, and without which 
men are often more injured by their own 
suspicions, than they could be by the 
perfidy of others. — Burke. 

Self-trust is the essence of heroism. — 

Confidence, in conversation, has a 
greater share than wit. — Rochefoucauld. 

Confidence in another man's virtue, is 
no slight evidence of one's own. — Mon- 

If we are truly prudent we shall cher- 
ish those noblest and happiest of our 
tendencies — to love and to confide. — 

Trust him little who praises all; him 
less who censures all ; and him least 
who is indifferent to all. — Lavater. 

To confide, even though to be be- 

trayed, is much better than to learn 
only to conceal. — In the one case your 
neighbor wrongs you; — but in the other 
you are perpetually doing injustice to 
yourself. — Si?nms. 

Never put much confidence in such as 
put no confidence in others. A man 
prone to suspect evil is mostly looking 
in his neighbor for what he sees in 
himself. As to the pure all things are 
pure, even so to the impure all things 
are impure. — Hare. 

All confidence which is not absolute 
and entire, is dangerous. — There are few 
occasions but where a man ought either 
to say all, or conceal all; for, how little 
soever you have revealed of your secret 
to a friend, you have already said too 
much if you think it not safe to make 
him privy to all particulars. — Beaumont. 

CONSCIENCE. — Conscience! con- 
science! man's most faithful friend! — 

Man's conscience is the oracle of God. 

— Byron. 

Conscience is the reason, employed 
about questions of right and wrong, and 
accompanied with the sentiments of ap- 
probation or condemnation. — Whewell. 

A tender conscience is an inestimable 
blessing; that is, a conscience not only 
quick to discern what is evil, but in- 
stantly to shun it, as the eyelid closes 
itself against the mote. — .V. Adams. 

The truth is not so much that man has 
conscience, as that conscience has man. 
— Dorner. 

It is far more important to me to pre- 
serve an unblemished conscience than to 
compass any object however great. — 

He will easily be content and at peace, 
whose conscience is pure. — Thomas a 

Conscience is God's vicegerent on 
earth, and, within the limited jurisdic- 
tion given to it, it partakes of his in- 
finite wisdom and speaks in his tone of 
absolute command. It is a revelation 
of the being of a God, a divine voice 
in the human soul, making known the 
presence of its rightful sovereign, the 
author of the law of holiness and truth. 
— Bowen. 

I feel within me a peace above all 




earthly dignities, a still and quiet con- 
science. — Shakespeare. 

If conscience smite thee once, it is an 
admonition; if twice, it is a condemna- 

What other dungeon is so dark as one's 
own heart! What jailer so inexorable 
as one's self! — Hawthorne. 

A good conscience is a continual 
Christ mas. — Franklin . 

Conscience is merely our own judg- 
ment of the right or wrong of our ac- 
tions, and so can never be a safe guide 
unless enlightened by the word of God. 
— Try on Edwards. 

We cannot live better than in seeking 
to become better, nor more agreeably 
than in having a clear conscience. — Soc- 

The voice -of conscience is so delicate 
that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also 
so clear that it is impossible to mistake 
it.— Mad. de St ail. 

Conscience is the voice of the soul, as 
the passions are the voice of the body. — 
No wonder they often contradict each 
other. — Rousseau. 

A conscience void of offence, before 
God and man, is an inheritance for eter- 
nity. — Daniel Webster. 

A good conscience is the palace of 
Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; 
the paradise of delight; the standing- 
Sabbath of the saints. — Augustine. 

To endeavor to domineer over con- 
science, is to invade the citadel of 
heaven. — Charles V. 

Conscience is the true vicar of Christ 
in the soul; a prophet in its informa- 
tion; a monarch in its peremptoriness; 
a priest in its blessings or anathemas, ac- 
cording as we obey or disobey it. — J. 

Conscience, in most men, is but the 
anticipation of the opinions of others. — 

No man ever offended his own con- 
science, but first or last it was revenged 
upon him for it. — South. 

Conscience, honor, and credit, are all 
in our interest; and without the concur- 
rence of the former, the latter are but 
impositions upon ourselves and others. 
— Steele. 

There is no future pang can deal that 

justice on the self-condemned, he deals 
on his own soul. — Byron. 

If any speak ill of thee, flee home to 
thine own conscience, and examine thine 
heart; if thou be guilty, it is a just cor- 
rection; if not guilty, it is a fair instruc- 
tion. Make use of both — so shalt thou 
distil honey out of gall, and out of an 
open enemy make a secret friend. — 

We never do evil so thorough^ and 
heartih' as when led to it by an honest 
but perverted, because mistaken, con- 
science. — Tryon Edwards. 

Conscience is a great ledger book in 
which all our offences are written and 
registered, and which time reveals to 
the sense and feeling of the offender. — 

Our conscience is a fire within us, and 
our sins as the fuel; instead of warming, 
it will scorch us, unless the fuel be re- 
moved, or the heat of it be allayed by 
penitential tears. — J. M. Mason. 

There is no witness so terrible — no ac- 
cuser so powerful as conscience which 
dwells within us. — Sophocles. 

Conscience, true as the needle to the 
pole points steadily to the pole-star of 
God's eternal justice, reminding the soul 
of the fearful realities of the life to 
come. — E. H. Gillett. 

He that is conscious of crime, however 
bold by nature, becomes a coward. — 

Conscience warns us as a friend before 
it punishes as a judge. — Stanislaus. 

Conscience tells us that we ought to 
do right, but it does not tell us what 
right is — that we are taught by God's 
word. — H. C. Trumbull. 

That conscience approves of any given 
course of action, is, of itself, an obliga- 
tion. — Bp. Butler. 

Conscience has nothing to do as law- 
giver or judge, but is a witness against 
me if I do wrong, and which approves if 
I do right. — To act against conscience is 
to act against reason and God's law. 

Conscience is not law. — No. — God has 
made and reason recognizes the law, and 
conscience is placed within us to prompt 
to the right, and warn against the wrong. 

A disciplined conscience is a man's 
best friend. — It may not be his most 




amiable, but it is his most faithful moni- 
tor. — A. Phelps. 

What conscience dictates to be done, 
or warns me not to do, this teach me 
more than hell to shun, that more than 
heaven pursue. — Pope. 

A good conscience is to the soul what 
health is to the bod} r ; it preserves con- 
stant ease and serenity within us, and 
more than countervails all the calamities 
and afflictions which can befall us with- 
out. — Addison. 

Labor to keep alive in your heart that 
little spark of celestial fire called con- 
science. — Washington. 

There is no class of men so difficult to 
be managed in a state as those whose 
intentions are honest, but whose con- 
sciences are bewitched. — Napoleon. 

Preserve your conscience always soft 
and sensitive. If but one sin force its 
way into that tender part of the soul 
and is suffered to dwell there, the road 
is paved for a thousand iniquities. — 

Tenderness of conscience is always to 
be distinguished from scrupulousness. 
The conscience cannot be kept too sensi- 
tive and tender; but scrupulousness 
arises from bodily or mental infirmity, 
and discovers itself in a multitude of 
ridiculous, superstitious, and painful feel- 
ings. — Cecil. 

The men who succeed best in public 
life are those who take the risk of stand- 
ing by their own convictions. — J. A. Gar- 

Cowardice asks, Is it safe? Expedi- 
ency asks, Is it politic? Vanity asks, Is 
it popular? but Conscience asks, Is it 
right ? — Punshon. 

A wounded conscience is able to un- 
paradise paradise itself. — Fuller. 

Were conscience always clear and de- 
cided in its awards, we could scarcely 
remain unconsoled for the resignation of 
any delight, however delightful. — It is 
doubt in all cases, that is the real mali- 
cious devil. — Mrs. Alexander. 

The torture of a bad conscience is 
the hell of a living soul. — Calvin. 

Keep your conduct abreast of your 
conscience, and very soon your con- 
science will be illumined bv the radi- 
ance of God.— IF. M. Taylor. 

A man of integrity will never listen 

to any reason against conscience. — 

In the commission of evil, fear no 
man so much as thyself. — Another is but 
one witness against thee; thou art a 
thousand. — Another thou mayst avoid, 
thyself thou canst not. — Wickedness is 
its own punishment. — Quarles-. 

My dominion ends where that of con- 
science begins. — Napoleon. 

Many a lash in the dark, doth con- 
science give the wicked. — Boston. 

Trust that man in nothing who has 
not a conscience in everything. — Sterne. 

He who commits a wrong will himself 
inevitably see the writing on the wall, 
though the world may not count him 
guilt}-. — T upper. 

Some persons follow the dictates of 
their conscience, only in the same- sense 
in which a coachman may be said to fol- 
low the horses he is driving. — Whately. 

Conscience doth make cowards of us 
all. — Shakespeare. 

The foundation of true joy is in the 
conscience. — Seneca. 

A quiet conscience makes one so se- 
rene. — Byron. 

A clean and sensitive conscience, a 
steadfast and scrupulous integrity in 
small things as well as great, is the most 
valuable of all possessions, to a nation 
as to an individual. — H. J. Van Dyke. 

Conscience — that vicegerent of God 
in the human heart, whose still, small 
voice the loudest revelry cannot drown. 
■ — W. H. Harrison. 

A good conscience fears no witness, 
but a guilty conscience is solicitous even 
in solitude. — If we do nothing but what 
is honest, let all the world know it. — 
But if otherwise, what does it signify to 
have nobody else know it, so long as I 
know it myself? — Miserable is he who 
slights that witness. — Seneca. 

Conscience is not given to a man to 
instruct him in the right, but to prompt 
him to choose the right instead of the 
wrong when he is instructed as to what 
is right. It tells a man that he ought 
to do right, but does not tell him what 
is right. And if a man has made up his 
mind that a certain wrong course is the 
right one, the more he follows his con- 
science the more hopeless he is as a 
wrongdoer. One is pretty far gone in 




an evil way when he serves the devil 
conscientiously. — H. C. Trumbull. 

What we call conscience, is, in many 
instances, only a wholesome fear of the 
constable. — Bovee. 

Conscience, though ever so small a 
worm while we live, grows suddenly into 
a serpent on our deathbed. — Jerrold. 

I am more afraid of my own heart, 
than of the Pope and all his cardinals. — 
I have within me the great Pope, self. — 

Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in 
awe of none more than of thine own 
conscience. — There is a Cato in every 
man — a severe censor of his manners. — • 
And he that reverences this judge will 
seldom do anything he need repent of. 
— Burton. 

Conscience is justice's best minister. 
— It threatens, promises, rewards, and 
punishes, and keeps all under its control. 
— The busy must attend to its remon- 
strances; the most powerful submit to 
its reproof, and the angry endure its up- 
braidings. — While conscience is our 
friend, all is peace; but if once offended, 
farewell to the tranquil mind. — Mary 
Wortley Montague. 

It is astonishing how soon the whole 
conscience begins to unravel if a single 
stitch drops. — One single sin indulged in 
makes a hole you could put your head 
through. — C. Buxton. 

CONSERVATISM. — A conservative 
is a man who will not look at the new 
moon, out of respect for that " ancient 
institution," the old one. — Jerrold. 

We are reformers in spring and sum- 
mer. — In autumn and winter we stand 
by the old. — Reformers in the morning; 
conservatives at night. — Reform is af- 
firmative; conservatism, negative. — Con- 
servatism goes for comfort; reform for 
truth. — Emerson. 

Conservatism, in its place, is good, 
and so is gravitation. — But if there 
were no upspringing and renovating 
force, where would be the growth of the 
flowers and fruits? — Centripetal forces 
are well balanced by centrifugal ; — and 
only thus are the planets kept to their 
orbits. — Tryon Edwards. 

The highest function of conservatism 
is to keep what progressiveness has ac- 
complished. — R. H. Fulton. 

A conservative young man has wound 
up his life before it was unreeled. — We 
expect old men to be conservative, but 
when a nation's young men are so, its 
funeral bell is alreadj' - tolled. — H. W. 

The conservative may clamor against 
reform, but he might as well clamor 
against the centrifugal force. — He sighs 
for " the good old times." — He might as 
well wish the oak back into the acorn. 
— E. H. Chapin. 

CONSIDERATION.— Better it is to 
the right conduct of life to consider 
what will be the end of a thing, than 
what- is the beginning of it; for what 
promises fair at first, may prove ill, and 
what seems at first a disadvantage, may 
prove verjr advantageous. — Wells. 

Consideration is the soil in which wis- 
dom may be expected to grow, and 
strength be given to every upspringing 
plant of duty. — Emerson. 

CONSISTENCY.— (See " Inconsist- 

With consistency a great soul has sim- 
ply nothing to do. — He may as well con- 
cern himself with his shadow on the 
wall. — Emerson. 

Intellectual consistency is far from be- 
ing the first want of our nature, and is 
seldom a primary want in minds of great 
persuasive, as distinguished from con- 
vincing power. — Strahan. 

Inconsistency with past views or con- 
duct may be but a mark of increasing 
knowledge and wisdom. — Tryon Ed- 

Those who honestly mean to be true 
contradict themselves more rarely than 
those who try to be consistent. — 0. W. 

Without consistency there is no moral 
strength. — Owen. 

Either take Christ into your lives, or 
cast him out of your lips. — Either be 
what thou seemest, or else be what thou 
art. — Dyer. 

He who prays as he ought, will en- 
deavor to live as he prays. — Owen. 

CONSOLATION. — Before an afflic- 
tion is digested, consolation comes too 
soon; and after it is digested, it comes 
too late; but there is a mark between 
these two, as fine almost as a hair, for 
a comforter to take aim at. — Sterne. 




God has commanded time to console 
the unhappy. — Joubert. 

For every bad there might be a worse ; 
and when one breaks his leg let him be 
thankful it was not his neck. — Bp. Hall. 

Consolation, indiscreetly pressed upon 
us when we are suffering under affliction, 
onry serves to increase our pain and to 
render our grief more poignant. — Rous- 

Nothing does so establish the mind 
amidst the rollings and turbulences of 
present things, as to look above them 
and be} r ond them — above them, to the 
steady and good hand by which they 
are ruled, and beyond them, to the sweet 
and beautiful end to which, by that 
hand, they will be brought. — Jeremy 

Quiet and sincere sympathy is often 
the most welcome and efficient consola- 
tion to the afflicted. — Said a wise man 
to one in deep sorrow, " I did not come 
to comfort 3 ; ou; God only can do that; 
but I did come to say how deeply and 
tenderly I feel for you in your afflic- 
tion."- 1 — Try on Edwards. 

The powers of Time as a comfort cl- 
ean hardly be overstated; but the 
agency by which he works is exhaustion. 
— L. E. Landon. 

CONSPIRACY.— Conspiracy— a game 
invented for the amusement of unoccu- 
pied men of rank. 

Conspiracies no sooner should be 
formed than executed. — Addison. 

Combinations of wickedness would 
overwhelm the world by the advantage 
which licentious principles afford, did 
not those who have long practiced per- 
fidy grow faithless to each other. — John- 

Conspiracies, like thunder clouds, 
should in a moment form and strike like 
lightning, ere the sound is heard. — Dow. 

CONSTANCY. — Constancy is the 
complement of all other human virtues. 
— Mazzini. 

The secret of success is constancy of 
purpose . — Disra e li. 

A good man it is not mine to see. 
Could I see a man possessed of con- 
stancy, that would satisfy me. — Con- 

It is often constancy to change the 
mind. — HooU . 

Without constancy there is neither 
love, friendship, nor virtue in the world. 
— Addison. 

I am constant as the Northern star, 
of whose true-fixed and resting quality 
there is no fellow in the firmanent. — 

Constanc}' to truth and principle may 
sometimes lead to what the world calls 
inconstanc} 7- in conduct. — Try on Ed- 

heaven! were man but constant, he 
were perfect. — Shakespeare. 

CONTEMPLATION. — There is a 
sweet pleasure in contemplation; and 
when a man hath run through a set of 
vanities in the declension of his age, he 
knows not what to do with himself if he 
cannot think. — Blount. 

In order to improve the mind, we 
ought less to learn, than to contemplate. 
— Descartes. 

Contemplation is to knowledge, what 
digestion is to food — the way to get life 
out of it. — Tryon Edwards. 

A contemplative life has more the ap- 
pearance of piety than any other; but 
the divine plan is to bring faith into 
activity and exercise. — Cecil. 

Let us unite contemplation with ac- 
tion. — In the harmony of the two, lies 
the perfection of character. — They are 
not contradictory and incompatible, but 
mutually helpful to each other. — Con- 
templation will strengthen for action, 
and action sends us back to contempla- 
tion, and thus the inner and outer life, 
will be harmoniously developed. — Foote. 

CONTEMPT.— There is not in human 
nature a more odious disposition than 
a proneness to contempt, which is a 
mixture of pride and ill-nature. — Nor is 
there any which more certainly denotes 
a bad disposition ; for in a good and 
benign temper, there can be no room 
for it. — It is the truest symptom of a 
base and bad heart. — Fielding. 

It is often more necessary to conceal 
contempt than resentment, the former 
being never forgiven, but the latter 
sometimes forgot. Wrongs are often for- 
given; contempt never. — Chesterfield. 

None but the contemptible are appre- 
hensive of contempt. — Rochefoucauld. 

Contempt is the only way to triumph 
over calumny. — Mad. de Maintenon. 




I have unlearned contempt. — It is a 
sin that is engendered earliest in the 
soul, and doth beset it like a poison- 
worm, feeding on all its beauty. — N. P. 

Contempt naturally implies a man's 
esteeming himself greater than the per- 
son whom he contemns. — He, therefore, 
that slights and contemns an affront, is 
properly superior to it. — Socrates, being 
kicked by an ass, did not think it a re- 
venge proper for him to kick the ass 
again. — South. 

Speak with contempt of no man. — 
Every one hath a tender sense of repu- 
tation. — And every man hath a sting, 
which he may, if provoked too far, dart 
out at one time or another. — Burton. 

Despise not any man, and do not 
spurn anything ; for there is no man that 
hath not his hour, nor is there anything 
that hath not its place. — Rabbi Ben Azai. 

The basest and meanest of all human 
beings are generally the most forward to 
despise others. — So that the most con- 
temptible are generally the most con- 
temptuous. — Fielding. 

Contempt is commonly taken by the 
young for an evidence of understand- 
ing; but it is neither difficult to ac- 
quire, nor meritorious "when acquired. 
To discover the imperfections of others 
is penetration; to hate them for their 
faults is contempt. We may be clear- 
sighted without being malevolent, and 
make use of the errors we discover, to 
learn caution, not to gratify satire. — 
Sydney Smith. 

Christ saw much in this world to weep 
over, and much to pray over; but he saw 
nothing in it to look upon with con- 
tempt. — E. II. Chapin. 

CONTENTION. — Weakness on both 
sides, is, as we know, the trait of all 
quarrels. — Voltaire. 

Contention is like fire, for both burn 
so long as there is any exhaustible mat- 
ter to contend within. — Only herein it 
transcends fire, for fire begets not mat- 
ter, but consumes it; debates beget mat- 
ter, but consume it not. — T. Adams. 

It is as hard a thing to maintain a 
sound understanding, a tender con- 
science, a lively, gracious, heavenly 
spirit, and an upright life in the midst 
of contention, as to keep your candle 
lighted in the greatest storms. — Baxter. 

Religious contention is the devil's har- 
vest. — Fontaine. 

Never contend with one that is fool- 
ish, proud, positive, testy, or with a 
superior, or a clown, in matter of argu- 
ment. — Fuller. 

Where two discourse, if the anger of 
one rises, he is the wise man who lets 
the contest fall. — Plutarch. 

I never love those salamanders that 
are never well but when they are in the 
fire of contention. — I will rather suffer 
a thousand wrongs than offer one. — I 
have always found that to strive with a 
superior, is injurious; with an equal, 
doubtful; with an inferior, sordid and 
base; with any, full of unquietness. — Bp. 

CONTENTMENT. — A contented 
mind is the greatest blessing a man can 
enjoy in this world; and if, in the pres- 
ent life, his happiness arises from the 
subduing of his desires, it will arise in 
the next from the gratification of them. 
— Addison. 

Submission is the only reasoning be- 
tween a creature and its maker and con- 
tentment in his will is the best remedy 
we can apply to misfortunes. — Sir W. 

It is right to be contented with what 
we have, never with what we are. — 

If we fasten our attention on what we 
have, rather than on what we lack, a 
very little wealth is sufficient. — F. John- 

A wise man will always be contented 
with his condition, and will live rather 
according to the precepts of virtue, than 
according to the customs of his country. 
— Antisthenes. 

I never complained of my condition 
but once, said an old man — when my 
feet were bare, and I had no money 
to buy shoes; but I met a man without 
feet, and became contented. 

Content can soothe, where'er by for- 
tune placed; can rear a garden in the 
desert waste. — H. K. White. 

Great is he who enjoys his earthen- 
ware as if it were plate, and not less 
great is the man to whom all his plate 
is no more than earthenware. — Leighton. 

Want of desire is the greatest riches. 
— Vigee. 




The contented man is never poor; the 
discontented never rich. 

Whether happiness may come or not, 
one should try and prepare one's self to 
do without it. — George Eliot. 

An ounce of contentment is worth a 
pound of sadness, to serve God with. — 

If you are but content you have 
enough to live upon with comfort. — 

Since we cannot get what we like, let 
us like what we can get. — Spanish Prov- 

He who is not contented with what he 
has, would not be contented with what 
he would like to have. 

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury 
is artificial poverty. — Socrates. 

Resign every forbidden joy; restrain 
every wish that is not referred to God's 
will; banish all eager desires, all anx- 
iety; desire only the will of God; seek 
him alone and supremely, and you will 
fmd peace. — Fenelon. 

There is a sense in which a man look- 
ing at the present in the light of .the 
future, and taking his whole being into 
account, may be contented with his lot: 
that is Christian contentment. — But if a 
man has come to that point where he 
is so content that he says, "I do not 
want to know any more, or do any more, 
or be any more," he is in a state in which 
he ought to be changed into a mummy! 
— Of all hideous things a mummy is the 
most hideous; and of mummies, the 
most hideous are those that are running 
about the streets and talking. — H. W. 

One who is contented with what he 
has done will never become famous for 
what he will do. — He has lain down to 
die, and the grass is already growing 
over him. — Bovee. 

I am always content with what hap- 
pens; for I know that what God chooses 
is better than what I choose. — Epictetus. 

The fountain of content must spring 
up in the mind; and he who has so 
little knowledge of human nature as to 
see happiness by changing anything 
but his own disposition, will waste his 
life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the 
griefs which he proposes to remove. — 

That happy state of mind, so rarely 
possessed, in which we can say, " I 
have enough," % is the highest attainment 
of philosophy. Happiness consists, not 
in possessing much, but in being con- 
tent with what we possess. He who 
wants little always has enough. — Zim- 

My God, give me neither poverty nor 
riches, but whatsoever it may be thy 
will to give, give me, with it, a heart 
that knows numbly to acquiesce in what 
is thy will. — Gotthold. 

Contentment gives a crown, where 
fortune hath denied it. — Ford. 

What though we quit all glittering 
pomp and greatness, we may enjoy con- 
tent; in that alone is greatness, power, 
wealth, honor, all summed up. — Powell. 

If two angels were sent down from 
heaven, one to conduct an empire, and 
the other to sweep a street, they would 
feel no inclination to change employ- 
ments. — John Newton. 

To be content with even the best 
people, we must be contented with little 
and bear a great deal. Those who are 
most perfect have many imperfections, 
and we have great faults; between the 
two, mutual toleration becomes very dif- 
ficult. — Fenelon. 

True contentment depends not upon 
what we have; a tub was large enough 
for Diogenes, but a world was too little 
for Alexander. — Colton. 

Learn to be pleased with everything; 
with wealth, so far as it makes us bene- 
ficial to others; with poverty, for not 
having much to care for; and with ob- 
scurity, for being unenvied. — Plutarch. 

They that deserve nothing should be 
content with anything. Bless God for 
what you have, and trust God for what 
you want. If we cannot bring our con- 
dition to our mind, we must bring our 
mind to our condition; if a man is not 
content in the state he is in, he will not 
be content in the state he would be in. — 
Erskine Mason. 

You traverse the world in search of 
happiness, which is within the reach of 
every man; a contented mind confers 
it all. — Horace. 

Contentment is a pearl of great price, 
and whoever procures it at the expense 
of ten thousand desires makes a wise and 
a happy purchase. — Balguy. 




It is a great blessing to possess what 
one wishes, said one to an ancient phi- 
losopher. — It is a greater still, was the 
reply, not to desire what one does not 

Contentment with the divine will is 
the best remedy we can apply to mis- 
fortunes. — Sir W. Temple. 

Contentment produces, in some meas- 
ure, all those effects which the alchymist 
ascribes to what he calls the philoso- 
pher's stone; and if it does not bring 
riches, it does the same thing by ban- 
ishing the desire of them. If it cannot 
remove the disquietudes arising from a 
man's mind, body, or fortune, it makes 
him easy under them. — Addison. 

He that is never satisfied with any- 
thing, satisfies no one. 

A man who finds no satisfaction in 
himself, seeks for it in vain elsewhere. — 

Content has a kindly influence on the 
soul of man, in respect of every being 
to whom he stands related. It extin- 
guishes all murmuring, repining, and in- 
gratitude toward that Being who has 
allotted us our part to act in the world. 
It destroys all inordinate ambition ; gives 
sweetness to the conversation, and seren- 
ity to all the thoughts; and if it does 
not bring riches, it does the same thing 
by banishing the desire of them. — Addi- 

The noblest mind the best content- 
ment has. — Spenser. 

CONTRADICTION. — We must not 
contradict, but instruct him that con- 
tradicts us; for a madman is not cured 
by another running mad also. — Antis- 

We take contradiction more easity 
than is supposed, if not violently given, 
even though it is well founded. — Hearts 
are like flowers; they remain open to the 
softly falling dew, but shut up in the 
violent downpour of rain. — Richter. 

Assertion is not argument ; to contra- 
dict the statement of an opponent is not 
proof that you are correct. — Johnson. 

CONTRAST. — The lustre of dia- 
monds is invigorated by the interposi- 
tion of darker bodies; the lights of a 
picture are created by the shades; the 
highest pleasure which nature has in- 

dulged to sensitive perception is that of 
rest after fatigue. — Johnson. 

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow 
and gladness are linked together. — 

Where there is much light, the shadow 
is deep. — Goethe. 

If there be light, then there is dark- 
ness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth 
also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and 
softness; roughness and smoothness; 
calm and tempest; prosperity and ad- 
versity; life and death. — Pythagoras. 

Joy and grief are never far apart. — In 
the same street the shutters of one house 
are closed, while the curtains of the next 
are brushed by the shadows of the dance. 
— A wedding party returns from the 
church; and a funeral winds to its door. 
— The smiles and sadness of life are the 
tragi-comedy of Shakespeare. — Gladness 
and sighs brighten and dim the mirror 
he beholds. — Willmott. 

It is a very poor, though common pre- 
tence to merit, to make it appear by 
the faults of other men; a mean wit or 
beauty may pass in a room where the 
rest of the company are allowed to have 
none; it is something to sparkle among 
diamonds; but to shine among pebbles 
is neither credit nor value worth the 
pretending. — Sir W. Temple. 

CONTROVERSY. — There is no 
learned man but will confess he hath 
much profited by reading controversies; 
his senses awakened, his judgment sharp- 
ened, and the truth which he holds more 
firmly established. In logic they teach 
that contraries laid together more evi- 
dently appear; and controversy being 
permitted, falsehood will appear more 
false, and truth more true. — Milton. 

Most controversies would soon be 
ended, if those engaged in them would 
first accurately define their terms, and 
then adhere to their definitions. — Tryon 

Disagreement is refreshing when two 
men lovingly desire to compare their 
views to find out truth. — Controversy is 
wretched when it is only an attempt to 
prove another wrong. — Religious contro- 
versy does only harm. — It destroys hum- 
ble inquiry after truth, and throws all 
the energies into an attempt to prove 
ourselves right — a soirit in which no 
man gets at truth.— F. W. Robertson. 




The evils of controversy are transi- 
tory, while its benefits are permanent. 
— Robert Hall. 

What Cicero says of war may be ap- 
plied to disputing, — it should always be 
so managed as to remember that the 
only true end of it is peace. — But gen- 
erally, disputants are like sportsmen — 
their whole delight is in the pursuit ; and 
a disputant no more cares for the truth, 
than the sportsman for the hare. — Pope. 

CONVERSATION. — It is good to 
rub and polish our brain against that of 
others. — Montaigne. 

The first ingredient in conversation is 
truth; the next, good sense; the third, 
good humor; and the fourth, wit. — Sir 
W. Temple. 

One of the best rules in conversation 
is, never to say a thing which any of 
the company can reasonably wish had 
been left unsaid. — Swift. 

Among well-bred people, a mutual 
deference is affected; contempt of others 
disguised; authority concealed; atten- 
tion given to each in his turn; and an 
easy stream of conversation is main- 
tained, without vehemence, without in- 
terruption, without eagerness for victory, 
and without any airs of superiority. — 

To listen well, is as powerful a means 
of influence as to talk well, and is as es- 
sential to all true conversation. 

A single conversation across the table 
with a wise man is worth a month's 
study of books. — Chinese Proverb. 

Know how to listen, and you will 
profit even from those who talk badly. 
— Plutarch. 

Great talent for conversation should 
be accompanied with great politeness. 
He who eclipses others owes them great 
civilities; and, whatever mistaken vanity 
may tell us, it is better to please in con- 
versation than to shine in it. 

The art of conversation consists as 
much in listening politely, as in talking 
agreeably. — A twell. 

No one will ever shine in conversa- 
tion who thinks of saying fine things; to 
please, one must say many things indif- 
ferent, and many very bad. — Francis 

The reason why so few people are 
agreeable in conversation, is, that each 

is thinking more of what he is intending 
to say, than of what others are saying; 
and we never listen when we are plan- 
ning to speak. — Rochefoucauld. 

I don't like to talk much with people 
who always agree with me. It is amus- 
ing to coquette with an echo for a little 
while, but one soon tires of it. — Carlyle. 

He who sedulously attends, pointedly 
asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers, and 
ceases when he has no more to say, is 
in possession of some of the best requi- 
sites of conversation. — Lavater. 

Never hold any one by the button, or 
the hand, in order to be heard out; for 
if people are unwilling to hear you, you 
had better hold 3'our tongue than them. 
— Chesterfield. 

Silence is one great art of conversa- 
tion. — Hazlitt. 

Conversation is an art in which a man 
has all mankind for competitors. — Emer- 

In conversation, humor is more than 
wit, and easiness more than knowledge. 
■ — Few desire to learn, or think they need 
it. — All desire to be pleased, or at least 
to be easy. — Sir W. Temple. 

The tone of good conversation is bril- 
liant and natural. — It is neither tedious 
nor frivolous. — It is instructive without 
pedantry; gay, without tumultuousness; 
polished, without affectation; gallant, 
without insipidity; waggish, without 
equivocation. — Rousseau. 

As it is the characteristic of great wits 
to say much in few words, so it is of 
small wits to talk much, and say noth- 
ing. — Rochefoucauld. 

Not only to say the right thing in the 
right place, but far more difficult, to 
leave unsaid the wrong thing at the 
tempting moment. — Sala. 

It is a secret known to but few, yet of 
no small use in the conduct of life, that 
when you fall into a man's conversation, 
the first thing you should consider, is, 
whether he has a greater inclination to 
hear you, or that you should hear him. 
— Steele. 

Our companions please us less from 
the charms we find in their conversation, 
than from those they find in ours. — Gre~ 

There cannot be a greater rudeness 




than to interrupt another in the current 
of his discourse. — Locke. 

The most necessary talent in a man 
of conversation is good judgment. — He 
that hath this in perfection is master of 
his companion without letting him see 
it. — He has the same advantage over 
men of any other qualifications, as one 
that can see would have over a blind 
man of ten times his strength. — Steele. 

The less men think, the more they 
talk. — Montesquieu. 

The secret of pleasing in conversa- 
tion is not to explain too much. — To say 
half, and leave a little for divination, is 
a mark of the good opinion we have of 
others, and nothing flatters their self-love 
more. — Rochefoucauld. 

The secret of tiring is, to say every- 
thing that can be said on a subject. — 

The extreme pleasure we take in talk- 
ing of ourselves should make us fear 
that we give very little to those that 
hear us. — Rochefoucauld. 

In table talk, I prefer the pleasant and 
Witty, before the learned and grave. — 

It is when you come close to a man 
in conversation that you discover what 
his real abilities are. — To make a speech 
in a public assembly is a knack. — John- 

That is the happiest conversation 
where there is no competition, no vanit}', 
but only a calm, quiet interchange of 
sentiment. — Johnson. 

Were we eloquent as angels, yet we 
should please some people more by lis- 
tening than by talking. — Colt on. 

Conversation is a traffic. — If you en- 
ter into it without some stock of knowl- 
edge to balance the account perpetually 
betwixt you and another, the trade drops 
at once. — Sterne. 

I would establish but one general rule 
to be observed in all conversation, which 
is this, that men should not talk to please 
themselves, but those that hear them. — 

When in the company of sensible men, 
we ought to be doubly cautious of talk- 
ing too much, lest we lose two good 
things — their good opinion and our own 
improvement; for what we have to say 

we know, but what they have to say we 
know not. — Colton. 

Take as many half minutes as you 
can get, but never talk more than half 
a minute without pausing and giving 
others an opportunity to strike in. — 


Those who have the true taste of con- 
versation enjoy themselves in communi- 
cating each other's excellences, and not 
triumphing over their imperfections. — 

'Tis a task indeed to learn to hear; in 
that the skill of conversation lies; that 
shows or makes you both polite and wise. 
— Young. 

Repose is as necessary in conversation 
as in a picture. — Hazlitt. 

If a man accosts you, and talks to 
you ever so dully or frivolously, it is 
worse than rudeness, it is brutality, to 
show him, by a manifest inattention to 
what he says, that 3 T ou think him a fool 
or a blockhead, and not worth hearing. 
— Chesterfield. 

Conversation derives its greatest 
charm, not from the multitude of ideas, 
but from their application. 

Conversation opens our views, and 
gives our faculties a more vigorous play; 
it puts us upon turning our notions on 
every side, and holds them up to a light 
that discovers those latent flaws which 
would probably have lain concealed in 
the gloom of unagitated abstraction. — 

The pith of conversation does not con- 
sist in exhibiting your own superior 
knowledge on matters of small impor- 
tance, but in enlarging, improving, and 
correcting the information you possess, 
by the authority of others. — Walter 

One reason why so few people are 
reasonable and agreeable in conversa- 
tion is, that there is scarce anybody who 
does not think more of what he has to 
say than of answering what is said to 
him. To be studious of pleasing one's 
self is but a poor way of pleasing or 
convincing others ; and to hear patiently, 
and answer precisely, are the great per- 
fections of conversation. — Rochefou- 

In private conversation between inti- 
mate friends the wisest men verv often 




talk like the weakest; for, indeed, the 
talking with a friend is nothing else but 
thinking aloud. — Addison. 

Conversation should be pleasant with- 
out scurrility, witty without affectation, 
free without indecency, learned without 
conceitedness, novel without falsehood. 
— Shakespeare. 

One would think that the larger the 
company is, the greater variety of 
thoughts and subjects would be started 
in discourse ; but instead of this, we find 
that conversation is never so much strait- 
ened and confined as in large assemblies. 
— Addison. 

In company it is a very great fault to 
be more forward in setting off one's self, 
and talking to show one's parts, than 
to learn the worth, and be truly ac- 
quainted with the abilities of men. — He 
that makes it his business not to know, 
but to be known, is like a foolish trades- 
man, who makes all the haste he can to 
sell off his old stock, but takes no 
thought of laying in any new. — Charron. 

Conversation warms the mind, enliv- 
ens the imagination, and is continually 
starting fresh game that is immediately 
pursued and taken, which would never 
have occurred in the duller intercourse 
of epistolary correspondence. — Franklin. 

It is not necessary to be garrulous in 
order to be entertaining. — To be a ju- 
dicious and sympathetic listener will go 
far toward making you an agreeable 
companion, self-forgetful, self-possessed, 
but not selfish enough to monopolize the 
conversation. — A. L. Jack. 

It is wonderful that so many shall en- 
tertain those with whom they converse 
by giving them the history of their pains 
and aches ; and imagine such narrations 
their quota of the conversation. This 
is, of all other, the meanest help to dis- 
course, and a man must not think at all, 
or think himself very insigninficant when 
he finds an account of his headache an- 
swered by another's asking what is the 
news in the last mail. — Steele. 

CONVERSION.— As to the value of 
conversions, God only can judge.— He 
alone can know how wide are the steps 
which the soul has to take before it can 
approach to a community with him, to 
the dwelling of the perfect, or to the 
intercourse and friendship of higher na- 
tures. — Goethe. 

In what waj r , or by what manner of 
working God changes a soul from evil 
to good — how he impregnates the barren 
rock with priceless gems and gold — is, to 
the human mind, an impenetrable mys- 
tery. — Coleridge. 

Conversion is not implanting e} T es, for 
they exist already; but giving them a 
right direction, which they have not. — 

Conversion is but the first step in the 
divine life. — As long as we live we should 
more and more be turning from all that 
is evil, and to all that is good. — 
Tryon Edwards. 

We are born with our backs upon God 
and heaven, and our faces upon sin and 
hell, till grace comes, and that converts 
— turns us. — Philip Henry. 

Conversion is a deep work — a heart- 
work. — It goes throughout the man, 
throughout the mind, throughout the 
members, throughout the entire life. — 

Where there is a sound conversion, 
then a man is wholly given unto God, 
body, soul, and spirit. He regards not 
sin in his heart, but hath a respect to 
all God's commandments. — Bolton. 

The time when I was converted was 
when religion became no longer a mere 
duty, but a pleasure. — Prof. Lincoln. 

Conversion is no repairing of the old 
building; but it takes all down and 
erects a new structure. The sincere 
Christian is quite a new fabric, from the 
foundation to the top-stone all new. — 

CONVIVIALITY. — There are few 
tables where convivial talents will not 
pass in payment, especially where the 
host wants brains, or the guest has 
money. — Zimmerman. 

The dangers of a convivial spirit are, 
that it may lead to excess in that which, 
in moderation, is good. — Excessive in- 
dulgence has made many a young man 
prematurely old, and changed a noble 
nature to that of the beast. — Armstrong. 

COQUETTE.— A coquette is a young 
lady of more beauty than sense, more 
accomplishments than learning, more 
charms of person than graces of mind, 
more admirers than friends, more fools 
than wise men for attendants. — Long- 




A coquette is a woman without any 
heart, who makes a fool of a man that 
hasn't got any head. 

Heartlessness and fascination, in about 
equal quantities, constitute the receipt 
for forming the character of a court co- 
quette. — Mad. Deluzy. 

An accomplished coquette excites the 
passions of others, in proportion as she 
feels none herself. — Hazlitt. 

The characteristic of coquettes is af- 
fectation governed by whim. — Their life 
is one constant lie; and the only rule 
by which you can form any judgment 
of them, is, that they are never what 
they seem. — Fielding. 

A coquette is like a recruiting ser- 
geant, always on the lookout for fresh 
v ictims. — J err old. 

There is one antidote only for co- 
quetry, and that is true love. — Mad. De- 

The adoration of his heart had been 
to her only as the perfume of a wild 
flower, which she had carelessly crushed 
with her foot in passing. — Longfellow. 

The most effective coquetry is inno- 
cence. — Lamartinc. 

She who only finds her self-esteem in 
admiration, depends on others for her 
daily food and is the very servant of 
her slaves. — Over men she may exert a 
childish power, which not ennobles, but 
degrades her state. — Joanna Baillie. 

A coquette is one that is never to be 
persuaded out of the passion she has to 
please, nor out of a good opinion of her 
own beauty. — Time and years she re- 
gards as things that wrinkle and decay 
only other women; forgets that age is 
written in the face; and that the same 
dress which became her when young, 
now only makes her look the older. — 
Affectation cleaves to her even in sick- 
ness and pain, and she dies in a high 
head and colored ribbons. — Fielding. 

God created the coquette as soon as 
he had made the fool. — Victor Hugo. 

CORRUPTION.— that estates, de- 
grees, and offices were not derived cor- 
ruptly, and that clear honor were pur- 
chased by the merit of the wearer. — 

Corrupt influence is itself the peren- 
nial spring of all prodigality, and of all 
disorder; it loads us more than millions 

of debt; takes away vigor from our arms, 
wisdom from our councils, and every 
shadow of authority and credit from the 
most venerable parts of our constitu- 
tion. — Burke. 

The corruptions of the country are 
closely allied to those of the town, with 
no difference but what is made by an- 
other mode of thought and living. — 

COUNSEL.— Consult your friend on 
all things, especially on those which re- 
spect yourself. — His counsel may then 
be useful where your own self-love 
might impair 3'our judgment. — Seneca. 

The kingdom of Israel was first rent 
and broken by ill counsel; upon which 
there are set, for our instruction, the 
two marks whereby bad counsel is ever 
best discerned — that it was young coun- 
sel for the persons, and violent counsel 
for the matter. — Bacon. 

In counsel it is good to see dangers; 
but in execution, not to see them unless 
they be very great. — Bacon. 

There is as much difference between 
the counsel that a friend giveth, and 
that a man giveth himself, as there is 
between the counsel of a friend and a 
flatterer. — Bacon. 

Good counsels observed, are chains to 
grace, which, neglected, prove halters to 
strange, undutiful children. — Fuller. 

Counsel and conversation are a sec- 
ond education, which improve all the 
virtue, and correct all the vice of the 
first, and of nature itself. — Clarendon. 

Whoever is wise is apt to suspect and 
be diffident of himself, and upon that 
account is willing to hearken unto coun- 
sel ; whereas the foolish man, being, in 
proportion to his folly, full of himself, 
and swallowed up in conceit, will seldom 
take any counsel but his own, and for 
the very reason that it is his own. — 

COUNTENANCE.— (See "Face.") 

It is hard for the face to conceal the 
thoughts of the heart — the true charac- 
ter of the soul. — The look without is 
an index of what is within. 

The cheek is apter than the tongue to 
tell an errand. — Shakespeare. 

A cheerful, easy, open countenance 
will make fools think you a good-na- 
tured man, and make designing men 




think you an undesigning one. — Chester- 

Alas! how few of nature's faces there 
are to gladden us with their beauty! — 
The cares, and sorrows, and hungerings 
of the world change them, as the}' change 
hearts; and it is only when the passions 
sleep and have lost their hold forever 
that the troubled clouds pass off, and 
leave heaven's surface clear. — It is a 
common thing for the countenances of 
the dead, even in that fixed and rigid 
state, to subside into the long forgotten 
expression of infancy, and settle into 
the very look of early life. — So calm, so 
peaceful do they grow again, that those 
who knew them in their happy child- 
hood, kneel b.y the coffin's side in awe, 
and see the angels even upon earth. — 

COUNTRY.— If you would be known 
and not know, vegetate in a village. — If 
you would know and not be known, live 
in a city. — Colton. 

The country is both the philosopher's 
garden and his library, in which he reads 
and contemplates the power, wisdom, 
and goodness of God. — Penn. 

Not rural sights alone, but rural 
sounds, exhilarate the spirit, and restore 
the tone of languid nature. — Cowper. 

There is virtue in country houses, in 
gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, 
and groves, in rustic recreations and 
plain manners, that neither cities nor 
universities enjoy. — A. B. Alcott. 

Men are taught virtue and a love of 
independence, by living in the country. 
— Menandcr. 

If country life be healthful to the 
body, it is no less so to the mind. — 

In those vernal seasons of the year 
when the air is calm and pleasant, it 
were an injury and sullenness against 
nature not to go out and see her riches, 
and partake in her rejoicing with heaven 
and earth. — Milton. 

I consider it the best part of an edu- 
cation to have been born and brought 
up in the country. — A. B. Alcott. 

God made the country, and man made 
the town. — What wonder, then, that 
health and virtue should most abound, 
and least be threatened in the fields and 
groves. — Cowper. 

I fancy the proper means for increas- 
ing the love we bear to our native coun- 
try, is, to reside some time in a foreign 
one. — Shcnstcnc. 

Let our object be our country, our 
whole country, and nothing but our 
country. — Daniel Webster. 

Our country, however bounded or de- 
scribed — still our country, to be cher- 
ished in all our hearts — to be defended 
by all our hands. — R. C. Winthrop. 

COURAGE. — Courage consists, not in 
blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing 
and conquering it. — Richter. 

True courage is cool and calm. — The 
bravest of men have the least of a bru- 
tal, bullying insolence, and in the very 
time of clanger are found the most serene 
and free. — Shaftsbury. 

The truest courage is always mixed, 
with circumspection; this being the 
quality which distinguishes the courage 
of the wise from the hardiness of the 
rash and foolish. — Jones of Nayland. 

It is an error to suppose that courage 
means courage in everything. — Most 
people are brave only in the dangers to 
which they accustom themselves, either 
in imagination or practice. — Bulwer. 

Courage that grows from constitution, 
often forsakes a man when he has oc- 
casion for it; courage which arises from 
a sense of duty, acts in a uniform man- 
ner. — Addison. 

Courage from hearts and not from 
numbers grows. — Dry den. 

Courage is, on all hands, considered 
as an essential of high character. — 

Conscience is the root of all true cour- 
age; if a man would be brave let him 
obey his conscience. — /. F. Clarke. 

Courage in danger is half the battle. 
— Plautus. 

True courage is not the brutal force 
of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of 
virtue and reason. — Whitehead. 

No man can answer for his courage 
who has never been in danger. — Roche- 

Moral courage is a virtue of higher 
cast and nobler origin than physical. — 
It springs from a consciousness of vir- 
tue, and renders a man. in the pursuit 
or defence of right, superior to the fear 



of reproach, opposition, or contempt. — 
S. G. Goodrich. 

Physical courage which despises all 
danger, will make a man brave in one 
way; and moral courage, which despises 
all opinion, will make a man brave in 
another. — The former would seem most 
necessary for the camp; the latter for 
the council; but to constitute a great 
man both are necessary. — Colton. 

To see what is right and not to do it, 
is want of courage. — Confucius. 

True courage is the result of reason- 
ing. — Resolution lies more in the head 
than in the veins; and a just sense of 
honor and of infamy, of duty and of 
religion, will carry us farther than all the 
force of mechanism. — Collier. 

If we survive danger it steels our cour- 
age more than anything else. — Niebuhr. 

A great deal of talent is lost in this 
world for the want of a little courage. 
— Sydney Smith. 

Women and men of retiring timidity 
are cowardly only in dangers which af- 
fect themselves, but are the first to res- 
cue when others are endangered. — Rich- 

Courage ought to be guided by skill, 
and skill armed by courage. — Hardiness 
should not darken wit, nor wit cool 
hardiness. — Be valiant as men despising 
death, but confident as unwonted to be 
overcome. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Courage consists not in hazarding 
without fear, but being resolutely minded 
in a just cause. — Plutarch. 

That courage is poorly housed which 
dwells in numbers. — The lion never 
counts the herd that is about him, nor 
weighs how many flocks he has to scat- 
ter. — Hill. 

By how much unexpected, by so much 
we must awake, and endeavor for de- 
fence; for courage mounteth with occa- 
sion. — Shakespeare. 

The brave man is not he who feels no 
fear, for that were stupid and irrational ; 
but he whose noble soul subdues its 
fear, and bravely dares the danger nature 
shrinks from. — Joanna Baillie. 

COURTESY.— (See "Civility.") 
When saluted with a salutation, salute 
the person with a better salutation, or 
at least return the same, for God taketh 
account of all things. — Koran. 

The small courtesies sweeten life; the 
greater, ennoble it. — Bovee. 

Hail! ye small sweet courtesies of 
life ; for smooth do ye make the road of 
it, like grace and beauty, which beget 
inclinations to love at first sight; it is 
3 r e who open the door and let the 
stranger in. — Sterne. 

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is 
allied to love. — From it springs the pur- 
est courtesy in the outward behavior. — 

Life is not so short but that there is 
always time for courtesy. — Emerson. 

As the sword of the best tempered 
metal is most flexible, so the truly gen- 
erous are most pliant and courteous in 
their behavior to their inferiors. — Fuller. 

Small kindnesses, small courtesies, 
small considerations, habitually prac- 
tised in our social intercourse, give a 
greater charm to the character than the 
displa}' of great talents and accomplish- 
ments. — M. A. Kelty. • 

There is no outward sign of true 
courtesy that does not rest on a deep 
moral foundation. — Goethe. 

A churlish courtesy rarely comes but 
either for gain or falsehood. — Sir P. Sid- 

We should be as courteous to a man 
as we are to a picture, which we are 
willing to give the advantage of the best 
light. — Emerson. 

Courtesy is a science of the highest 
importance. — It is like grace and beauty 
in the body, which charm at first sight, 
and lead on to further intimacy and 
friendship . — Montaigne . 

The whole of heraldry and chivalry is 
in courtesy. — A man of fine manners 
shall pronounce your name with all the 
ornament that titles of nobility could 
add. — Emerson. 

The courtesies of a small and trivial 
character are the ones which strike deep- 
est to the grateful and appreciating heart. 
It is the picayune compliments which 
are the most appreciated; far more than 
the double ones we sometimes pay. — ■ 
Henry Clay. 

Approved valor is made precious by 
natural courtesy. — Sir P. Sidney. 


court is an assemblage of noble and dis- 
tinguished beggars. — Talleyrand. 




The court is a golden, but fatal circle, 
upon whose magic skirts a thousand dev- 
ils sit tempting innocence, and beckon 
early virtue from its center. — A T . Lee. 

An old courtier, with veracity, good 
sense, and a faithful memoiy, is an in- 
estimable treasure; he is full of transac- 
tions and maxims; in him one ma3>- find 
the history of the age, enriched with a 
great many curious circumstances which 
we never meet with in books; from him 
we may learn rules for our conduct and 
manners, of the more weight, because 
founded on facts, and illustrated b}' 
striking examples. — Bruyere. 

Bred in camps, trained in the gallant 
openness of truth that best becomes a 
soldier, thou art happity a stranger to 
the baseness and infanry of courts. — 

The court is like a palace built of 
marble — made up of very hard, and very 
polished materials. — Bruyere. 

The chief requisites for a courtier are 
a flexible conscience and an inflexible 
politeness. — Lady Blessiitytoit. 

With the people of courts the tongue 
is the artery of their withered life, the 
spiral spring and flag-feather of their 
souls. — Richter. 

See how he sets his countenance for 
deceit, and promises a lie before he 
speaks. — Dry den. 

Poor wretches, that depend on great- 
ness's favor, dream, as I have done, and 
wake and find nothing. — Shakespeare. 

COURTSHIP. — Courtship consists in 
a number of quiet attentions, not so 
pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as 
not to be understood. — Sterne. 

The pleasantest part of a man's life 
is generally that which passes in court- 
ship, provided his passion be sincere, 
and the party beloved, kind, with discre- 
tion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing 
motions of the soul, rise in the pursuit. 
— Addison. 

She half consents, who silently denies. 
— Ovid. 

She is a woman, therefore may be 
wooed; she is a woman, therefore may 
be won. — Shakespeare. 

If you cannot inspire a woman with 
love of yourself, fill her above the brim 
with love of herself; all that runs over 
will be yours. — Colton. 

Men are April when they woo; De- 
cember when they wed. — Shakespeare. 

With women worth being won, the 
softest lover ever best succeeds. — A. Hill. 

I profess not to know how women's 
hearts are wooed and won. — To me they 
have always been matters of riddle and 
admiration. — Washington Irving. 

The man that has a tongue, I say, is 
no man, if with his tongue he cannot 
win a woman. — Shakespeare. 

Let a woman once give you a task 
and you are hers, heart and soul; all 
your care and trouble lend new charms 
to her for whose sake they are taken. — 
To rescue, to revenge, to instruct, or to 
protect a woman, is all the same as to 
love her. — Richter. 

COVETOUSNESS.— Desire of having 

is the sin of covetousness. — Shakespeare. 

If money be not thy servant, it will 
be thy master. The covetous man can- 
not so properly be said to possess wealth, 
as that may be said to possess him. — 

Covetousness, by a greediness of get- 
ting more, deprives itself of the true end 
of getting; it loses the enjoyment of 
what it had got. — Sprat. 

The only gratification a covetous man 
gives his neighbors, is, to let them see 
that he himself is as little better for 
what he has, as they are. — Penn. 

Covetous men are fools, miserable 
wretches, buzzards, madmen, who live by 
themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, 
suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more 
of gall than hone}'- in their enjoyments; 
who are rather possessed by their money 
than possessors of it; bound 'prentices 
to their property; mean slaves and 
drudges to their substance. — Burton. 

The covetous person lives as if the 
world were made altogether for him, and 
not he for the world; to take in every- 
thing and part with nothing. — South. 

Covetousness swells the principal to 
no purpose, and lessens the use to all 
purposes. — Jeremy Taylor. 

A man may as easily fill a chest with 
grace as the heart with gold. — The air 
fills not the bod}', neither does money 
the covetous heart of man. — Spenser. 

When all sins are old in us and go 
upon crutches, covetousness does but 
then lie in her cradle. — Decker. 




Covetousness is both the beginning 
and end of the devil's alphabet — the first 
vice in corrupt nature that moves, and 
the last which dies. — South. 

Why are we so blind? — That which 
we improve, we have; that which we 
hoard, is not for ourselves. — Mad. Dc- 

The covetous man heaps up riches, not 
to enjoy, but to have them; he starves 
himself in the midst of plenty; cheats 
and robs himself of that which is his 
own, and makes a hard shift to be as 
poor and miserable with a great estate 
as any man can be without it. — Tillot- 

Refrain from covetousness, and thy es- 
tate shall prosper. — Plato. 

The covetous man pines in plenty, 
like Tantalus up to the chin in water, 
and yet thirsty. — T. Adams. 

After hypocrites, the greatest dupes 
the devil has are those who exhaust an 
anxious existence in the disappointments 
and vexations of business, and live mis- 
erably and meanly only to die magnifi- 
cently and rich. — They serve the devil 
without receiving his wages, and for the 
empty foolery of dying rich, pay down 
their health, happiness, and integrity. — 

COWARDICE.— The craven's fear is 
but selfishness, like his merriment. — 

Cowardice is not synonymous with 
prudence. — It often happens that the 
better part of discretion is valor. — Haz- 

It is the coward who fawns upon 
those above him. — It is the coward who 
is insolent whenever he dares be so. — 

Cowards falter, but danger is often 
overcome by those who nobly dare. — 
Queen Elizabeth. 

Peace and plenty breed cowards ; hard- 
ness ever of hardiness is the mother. — 

At the bottom of a good deal of the 
bravery that appears in the world there 
lurks a miserable cowardice. — Men will 
face powder and steel because they can- 
not face public opinion. — E. H. Chapin. 

Cowards die many times before their 
death; the valiant never taste of death 
but once. — Shakespeare. 

COXCOMB.— (See "Foppery.") 

A coxcomb begins by determining that 
his own profession is the first; and he 
finishes by deciding that he is the first 
in his profession. — Colton. 

Nature has sometimes made a fool; 
but a coxcomb is alwa3^s of a man's own 
making. — Addison. 

Foppery is never cured. — It is the bad 
stamina of the mind, which, like those 
of the body, are never rectified. — Once a 
coxcomb, always a coxcomb. — Johnson. 

None are so seldom found alone, and 
are so soon tired of their own company 
as those coxcombs who are on the best 
terms with themselves. — Colton. 

A coxcomb is ugly all over with the 
affectation of the fine gentleman. — John- 

CREDIT. — Credit is like a looking- 
glass, which, when once sullied by a 
breath, may be wiped clear again ; but if 
once cracked can never be repaired. — 
Walter Scott. 

The most trifling actions that affect a 
man's credit are to be regarded. The 
sound of your hammer* at five in the 
morning, or nine at night, heard by a 
creditor, makes him easier six months 
longer; but if he sees you at a billiard 
table, or hears your voice at a tavern 
when you should be at work, he sends 
for his money the next day. — Franklin. 

Too large a credit has made many a 
bankrupt; taking even less than a man 
can answer with ease, is a sure fund for 
extending it whenever his occasions re- 
quire. — The Guardian. 

Nothing so cements and holds to- 
gether all the parts of a society as faith 
or credit, which can never be kept up 
unless men are under some force or ne- 
cessity of honestly paying what they owe 
to one another. — Cicero. 

CREDITOR. — Creditors have better 
memories than debtors; they are a su- 
perstitious sect, great observers of set 
days and times. — Franklin. 

The creditor whose appearance glad- 
dens the heart of a debtor may hold his 
head in sunbeams, and his foot on 
storms. — Lavater. 

CREDULITY.— credulity, thou hast 
as many ears as fame has tongues, open 
to every sound of truth, as falsehood. — 




Credulity is belief on slight evidence, 
with no evidence, or against evidence. 
In this sense it is the infidel, not the be- 
liever, who is credulous. " The simple," 
says Solomon, " believeth every word." 
— Try on Edwards. 

The more gross the fraud, the more 
glibly will it go down and the more 
greedily will it be swallowed, since folly 
will always find faith wherever impos- 
tors will find impudence. — Bovee. 

The only disadvantage of an honest 
heart is credulity. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Credulity is the common failing of 
inexperienced virtue; and he who is 
spontaneously suspicious may justly be 
charged with radical corruption. — John- 

Credulity is perhaps a weakness, al- 
most inseparable from eminently truth- 
ful characters. — Tuckerman. 

As credulity is a more peaceful pos- 
session of the mind than curiosity, so 
preferable is that wisdom which con- 
verses about the surface, to that pre- 
tended philosophy which enters into the 
depth of things, and then comes back 
gravely with the informations and dis- 
coveries that in the inside they are good 
for nothing. — Swift. 

I cannot spare the luxury of believing 
that all things beautiful are what they 
seem. — Halleck. 

The general goodness which is nour- 
ished in noble hearts, makes every one 
think that strength of virtue to be in 
another whereof they find assured foun- 
dation in themselves. — Sir P. Sidney. 

It is a curious paradox that precisely 
in proportion to our own intellectual 
weakness, will be our credulity as to the 
mysterious powers assumed by others. 
— Colton. 

You believe easily that which you 
hope for earnestly. — Terence. 

The most positive men are the most 
credulous, since they most believe them- 
selves, and advise most with their fals- 
est flatterer and worst enemy, — their 
own self-love. — Pope. 

Generous souls are still most subject 
to credulity. — Davenant. 

Some men are bigoted in politics, who 
are infidels in religion. — Ridiculous 
credulity ! — Junius. 

We believe at once in evil, we only 

believe in good upon reflection. — Is not 
this sad? — Mad. Deluzy. 

More persons, on the whole, are hum- 
bugged by believing in nothing, than 
b}' believing too much. — P. T. Barnum. 

Your noblest natures are most credu- 
lous. — Chapman. 

To take for granted as truth all that 
is alleged against the fame of others, is 
a species of credulity that men would 
blush at on any other subject. — Jane 

Beyond all credulity is the credulous- 
ness of atheists, who believe that chance 
could make the world, when it cannot 
build a house. — Clarke. 

The remed}- for the present threat- 
ened decay of faith is not a more 
stalwart creed or a more unflinching ac- 
ceptance of it, but a profoundly spirit- 
ual life. — Lyman Abbott. 

Charles the Second, hearing Vossius, a 
celebrated free-thinker, repeating some 
incredible stories about the Chinese, 
said, " This is a very strange man. He 
believes everything but the Bible! " 

CREED.— (See "Belief.") 

A good creed is a gate to the city that 
hath foundations; a misleading creed 
may be a road to destruction, or if both 
misleading and alluring it may become 
what Shakespeare calls a primrose path 
to the eternal bonfire. — Jospeh Cook. 

In politics, as in religion, we have less 
charity for those who believe the half 
of our creed, than for those who deny 
the whole of it. — Colton. 

If you have a Bible creed, it is well ; 
but is it filled out and inspired by Chris- 
tian love? — J. F. Brodic. 

Though I do not like creeds in re- 
ligious matters, I verily believe that 
creeds had something to do with our 
Revolution. — In their religious contro- 
versies the people of New England had 
always been accustomed to stand on 
points; and when Lord North undertook 
to tax them, then they stood on points 
also. — It so happened, fortunately, that 
their opposition to Lord North was a 
point on which tjiey were all united. — 
Daniel Webster. 

The weakest part of a man's creed is 
that which he holds for himself alone; 
the strongest is that which he holds in 




common with all Christendom. — Mc- 
CRIME.— (See " Concealment.") 
Society prepares the crime; the crimi- 
nal commits it. 

Heaven will permit no man to secure 
happiness by crime. — Alfieri. 

Whenever man commits a crime 
heaven finds a witness. — Bulwer. 

Of all the adult male criminals in 
London, not two in a hundred have en- 
tered upon a course of crime who have 
lived an honest life up to the age of 
twenty. — Almost all who enter on a 
course of crime do so between the ages 
of eight and sixteen. — Shaftesbury. 

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; 
vices almost always too little. — Hare. 

Small crimes always precede great 
ones. Never have we seen timid inno- 
cence pass suddenly to extreme licen- 
tiousness. — Racine. 

Fear follows crime, and is its punish- 
ment. — Voltaire. 

The contagion of -crime is like that of 
the plague. — Criminals collected together 
corrupt each other. — They are worse than 
ever when, at the termination of their 
punishment, they return to society. — 

Those who are themselves incapable 
of great crimes, are ever backward to 
suspect others. — Rochefoucauld. 

It is supposable that in the eyes of 
angels, a struggle down a dark lane and 
a battle of Leipsic differ in nothing but 
in degree of wickedness. — Willmott. 

There is no den in the wide world to 
hide a rogue. — Commit a crime and the 
earth is made of glass. — Commit a crime, 
and it seems as if a coat of snow fell 
on the ground, such as reveals in the 
woods the track of every partridge, and 
fox, and squirrel. — Emerson. 

If poverty is the mother of crimes, 
want of sense is the father of them. — 

Man's crimes are his worst enemies, 
following him like shadows, till they 
drive his steps into the pit he dug. — 

We easily forget crimes that are 
known only to ourselves. — Rochefou- 

Crimes lead into one another. — Thev 

who are capable of being forgers, are 
capable of being incendiaries. — Burke. 

Crime is not punished as an offence 
against God, but as prejudicial to so- 
ciety. — Froude. 

The villainy you teach me I will exe- 
cute; and it shall go hard but I will 
better the instruction. — Shakespeare. 

For the credit of virtue it must be 
admitted that the greatest evils which 
befall mankind are caused by their 
crimes. — Rochefoucauld. 

CRITICISM. — Criticism, as it was 
first instituted by Aristotle, was meant 
as a standard of judging well. — Johnson. 

Criticism is the child and handmaid 
of reflection. — It works by censure, and 
censure implies a standard. — R. G. 

It is ridiculous for any man to criti- 
cise the works of another if he has not 
distinguished himself by his own per- 
formances. — Addison. 

Criticism is as often a trade as a 
science; requiring more health than wit, 
more labor than capacity, more practice 
than genius. — Bruyere. 

Criticism often takes from the tree 
caterpillars and blossoms together. — 

It is eas3' to criticise an author, but 
difficult to appreciate him. — Vauveu ar- 

Ten censure wrong, for one that writes 
amiss. — Pope. 

Silence is sometimes the severest criti- 
cism. — Charles Buxton. 

Neither praise nor blame is the object 
of true criticism. — Justly to discrimi- 
nate, firmly to establish, wisely to pre- 
scribe, and honestly to award — these are 
the true aims and duties of criticism. — 

It is a maxim with me, that no man 
was ever written out of a reputation but 
by himself. — Bentley. 

Of all the cants in this canting world, 
deliver me from the cant of criticism. — 

Doubtless criticism was originally be- 
nignant, pointing out the beauties of a 
work rather than its defects. — The pas- 
sions of men have made it malignant, 
as the bad heart of Procrustes turned 




the bed, the symbol of repose, into an 
instrument of torture. — Longfellow. 

The most noble criticism is that in 
which the critic is not the antagonist 
so much as the rival of the author. — 

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot 
wander through his regions of enchant- 
ment without having a critic, forever, 
like the old man of the sea, upon his 
back. — Moore. 

Get your enemies to read your works 
in order to mend them; for your friend 
is so much your second self that he will" 
judge too much like you. — Pope. 

Is it in destroying and pulling down 
that skill is displayed? — The shallowest 
understanding, the rudest hand, is more 
than equal to that task. — Burke. 

The pleasure of criticism takes from 
us that of being deeply moved by very 
beautiful things. — Bruyere. 

It is a barren kind of criticism which 
tells you what a thing is not. — R. W. 

The legitimate aim of criticism is to 
direct attention to the excellent. — The 
bad will dig its own grave, and the im- 
perfect may safely be left to that final 
neglect from which no amount of pres- 
ent undeserved popularity can rescue it. 
— Bovee. 

The opinion of the great body of the 
reading public, is very materially influ- 
enced even by the unsupported asser- 
tions of those who assume a right to 
criticise. — Macaulay. 

The strength of criticism lies only in 
the weakness of the thing criticised. — 

CRITICS. — Critics are sentinels in the 
grand army of letters, stationed at the 
corners of newspapers and reviews, to 
challenge every new author. — Longfel- 

There is scarcely a. good critic of books 
born in our age, and 3 r et every fool 
thinks himself justified in criticising per- 
sons. — Bulwer. 

Critics must excuse me if I compare 
them to certain animals called asses, 
who, by gnawing vines, originally taught 
the great advantage of pruning them. — 

The eyes of critics, whether in com- 
mending or carping, are both on one 

side, like those of a turbot. — Landor. 
A spirit of criticism, if indulged in. 
leads to a censoriousness of disposition 
that is destructive of all nobler feeling. 
The man who lives to find faults has a 
miserable mission. 

Some critics are like chimney-sweep- 
ers; they put out the fire below, and 
frighten the swallows from their nests 
above; they scrape a long time in the 
chimney, cover themselves with soot, 
and bring nothing away but a bag of 
cinders, and then sing out from the top 
of the house, as if they had built it. — 

The critical faculty has its value in 
correcting errors, reforming abuses, and 
demolishing superstitions. — But the con- 
structive faculty is much nobler in it- 
self, and immeasurably more valuable 
in its results, for the obvious reason that 
it is a much nobler and better thing to 
build up than to pull down. — It requires 
skill and labor to erect a building, but 
any idle tramp can burn it down. — Only 
God can form and paint a flower, but 
any foolish child can pull it to pieces. — 
J. M. Gibson. 

It behooves the minor critic, who 
hunts for blemishes, to be a little dis- 
trustful of his own sagacity. — Junius. 

To be a mere verbal critic is what no 
man of genius would be if he could; 
but to be a critic of true taste and 
feeling, is what no man without genius 
could be if he would. — Colton. 

Critics are a kind of freebooters in 
the republic of letters, who, like deer, 
goats, and diverse other graminivorous 
animals, gain subsistence by gorging 
upon buds and leaves of the young 
shrubs of the forest, thereby robbing 
them of their verdure and retarding their 
progress to maturit}'. — Washington Irv- 

He, whose first emotion on the view 
of an excellent production is to under- 
value it, will never have one of his own 
to show. — Aikin. 

The severest critics are always those 
who have either never attempted, or 
who have failed in original composition. 
— Hazlitt. 

Of all mortals a critic is the silliest; 
for, inuring himself to examine all 
things, whether they are of consequence 
or not, he never looks upon anything 




but with a design of passing sentence 
upon it; by which means he is never a 
companion, but always a censor. — Steele. 

There are some critics who change 
everything that comes under their hands 
to gold; but to this privilege of Midas 
they join sometimes his ears. — J. P. 

CROSS. — The cross is the only ladder 
high enough to touch Heaven's thresh- 
old. — G. D. Boardman. 

The greatest of all crosses is self. — If 
we die in part every day, we shall have 
but little to do on the last. — These little 
daily deaths will destroy the power of 
the final dying. — Fenelon. 

Carr3 r the cross patiently, and with 
perfect submission; and in the end it 
shall carry you. — Thomas a Kempis. 

While to the reluctant the cross is too 
heavy to be borne, it grows light to 
the heart of willing trust. 

The cross of Christ, on which he was 
extended, points, in the length of it, to 
heaven and earth, reconciling them to- 
gether; and in the breadth of it, to 
former and following ages, as being 
equally salvation to both. 

The cross of Christ is the sweetest 
burden that I ever bore ; it is such a 
burden as wings are to a bird, or sails 
to a ship, to carry me forward to my 
harbor. — Rutherford. 

CRUELTY.— All cruelty springs from 
hard-heartedness and weakness. — Seneca. 

I would not enter on my list of friends 
the man who needlessly sets foot upon 
a worm. — Cowper. 

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. 
— Balzac. 

Man's inhumanity to man, makes 
countless thousands mourn. — Burns. 

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires 
no motive outside of itself; it only re- 
quires opportunity. — George Eliot. 

One of the ill effects of cruelty is that 
it makes the by-standers cruel. — Buxton. 

Cruelty to dumb animals is one of 
the distinguishing vices of the lowest and 
basest of the people. — Wherever it is 
found, it is a certain mark of ignorance 
and meanness. — Jones of Nayland. 

Detested sport, that owes its pleasures 
to another's pain. — Cowper. 

CULTIVATION. — The highest pur- 

pose of intellectual cultivation is, to 
give a man a perfect knowledge and 
mastery of his own inner self; — Nov alls. 
Virtue and talents, though allowed 
their due consideration, yet are not 
enough to procure a man a welcome 
wherever he comes. Nobody contents 
himself with rough diamonds, or wears 
them so. When polished and set, then 
they give a lustre. — Locke. 

It matters little whether a man be 
mathematically, or philologically, or 
artistically cultivated, so he be but cul- 
tivated. — Goethe. 

Partial culture runs to the ornate; 
extreme culture to simplicity. — Bovee. 

It is very rare to find ground which 
produces nothing. — If it is not covered 
with flowers, fruit trees, and grains, it 
produces briars and pines. — It is the 
same with man; if he is not virtuous, he 
becomes vicious. — Bruyere. 

Cultivation to the mind, is as neces- 
sar} r as food to the body. — Cicero. 

That is true cultivation which gives 
us sympathy with every form of human 
life, and enables us to work most suc- 
cessfully for its advancement. Refine- 
ment that carries us away from our 
fellow-men is not God's refinement. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

As the soil, however rich it may be, 
cannot be productive without culture, so 
the mind, without cultivation, can never 
produce good fruit. — Seneca. 

I am very sure that any man of com- 
mon understanding may, by culture, care, 
attention, and labor, make himself what- 
ever he pleases, except a great poet. — 

Whatever expands the affections, or 
enlarges the sphere of our sympathies — 
whatever makes us feel our relation to 
the universe and all that it inherits in 
time and in eternity, and to the great 
and beneficent cause of all, must un- 
questionably refine our nature, and ele- 
vate us in the scale of being. — Channing. 

CUNNING.— (See "Knavery.") 

Cunning is the ape of wisdom. — Locke. 

Cunning signifies, especially, a habit 
or gift of overreaching, accompanied 
with enioyment and a sense of superi- 
ority. — It is associated with small and 
dull conceit, and with an absolute want 
of sympathy or affection. — It is the in- 




tensest rendering of vulgarity, absolute 
and utter. — Ruskin. 

Cleverness and cunning are incom- 
patible. — I never saw them united. — The 
latter is the resource of the weak, and 
is only natural to them. — Children and 
fools are alwa3 T s cunning, but clever 
people never. — Byron. 

Cunning is none of the best nor worst 
qualities; it floats between virtue and 
vice : there is scarce any exigence where 
it may not, and perhaps ought not to be 
supplied by prudence. — Bruyere. 

Cunning pays no regard to virtue, and 
is but the low mimic of wisdom. — Bol- 

The greatest of all cunning is to seem 
blind to the snares which we know are 
laid for us; men are never so easily de- 
ceived as while the\ r are endeavoring to 
deceive others. — Rochefoucauld. 

The certain way to be cheated is to 
fancy one's self more cunning than 
others. — Charron. 

A cunning man is never a firm man; 
but an honest man is; a double-minded 
man is alwaj'S unstable; a man of faith 
is firm as a rock. There is a sacred con- 
nection between honesty and faith ; 
honesty is faith applied to worldly 
things, and faith is honesty quickened 
by the Spirit to the use of heavenly 
things. — Edward Irving. 

Cunning has effect from the credulity 
of others. It requires no extraordinary 
talents to lie and deceive. — Johnson. 

We should do by our cunning as we 
do by our courage, — always have it 
ready to defend ourselves, never to of- 
fend others. — Grevillc. 

Cunning is only the mimic of discre- 
tion, and may pass upon weak men. as 
vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and 
gravity for wisdom. — Addison. 

Cunning leads to knavery. — It is but 
a step from one to the other, and that 
very slippery. — Only lying makes the 
difference ; add that to cunning, and it 
is knavery. — Bruyere. 

We take cunning for a sinister or 
crooked wisdom, and certainly there is 
a great difference between a cunning 
man and a wise man, not only in point 
of honesty, but in point of ability. — 

The common practice of cunning is 

the sign of a small genius. — It almost 
always happens that those who use it to 
cover themselves in one place, lay them- 
selves open in another. — Rochefoucauld. 
In a great business there is nothing 
so fatal as cunning management. — 

The very cunning conceal their cun- 
ning; the indifferently shrewd boast of 
it. — Bovee. 

A cunning man overreaches no one 
half as much as himself. — H. W. Beecher. 

The most sure way of subjecting your- 
self to be deceived, is to consider your- 
self more cunning than others. — Roche- 

Discretion is the perfection of reason, 
and a guide to us in the duties of 
life; cunning is a kind of instinct, that 
only looks out after our immediate in- 
terests and welfare. Discretion is only 
found in men of strong sense and good 
understanding; cunning is often to be 
met with in brutes themselves, and in 
persons who are but the fewest removes 
from them. — Bruyere. 

All my own experience of life teaches 
me the contempt of cunning, not the 
fear. The phrase " profound cunning " 
has always seemed to me a contradiction 
in terms. I never knew a cunning mind 
which .was not either shallow, or, on 
some points, diseased. — Mrs. Jameson. 

CURIOSITY.— The first and simplest 
emotion which we discover in the hu- 
man mind, is curiosity. — Burke. 

Seize the moment of excited curiosity 
on any subject, to solve j-our doubts; 
for if you let it pass, the desire may 
never return, and you may remain in 
ignorance. — W. Wirt. 

Curiosity in children is but an appe- 
tite for knowledge. One great reason 
why children abandon themselves wholly 
to silly pursuits and trifle away their 
time insipidly is, because they find their 
curiosity balked, and their inquiries 
neglected. — Locke. 

Men are more inclined to ask curious 
questions, than to obtain necessary in- 
struction. — Quesnel. 

The over curious are not over wise. — 

Curiosity is as much the parent of 
attention, as attention is of memory. — 




No heart is empty of the humor of 
curiosity, the beggar being as attentive, 
in his station, to an increase of knowl- 
edge, as the prince. — shorn. 

How many a noble art, now widely 
known, owes its young impulse to this 
power alone. — Sprague. 

Eve, with all the fruits of Eden blest, 
save only one, rather than leave that 
one unknown, lost all the rest. — Moore. 

Avoid him who, for mere curiosity, 
asks three questions running about a 
thing that cannot interest him. — Lavater. 

Curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden 
fruit which still sticketh in the throat 
of a natural man, sometimes to the 
danger of his choking. — Fuller. 

There are different kinds of curiosity; 
one of interest, which causes us to learn 
that which would be useful to us; and 
the other of pride, which springs from 
a desire to know that of which others 
are ignorant. — Rochefoucauld. 

Curiosity is one of the permanent and 
certain characteristics of a vigorous in- 
tellect. — Every advance into knowledge 
opens new prospects and produces new 
incitements to further progress. — John- 

The curiosity of an honorable mind 
willingly rests where the love of truth 
does not urge it further onward and the 
love of its neighbor bids it stop. — In 
other words, it willingly stops at the 
point where the interests of truth do 
not beckon it onward, and charity cries 
" Halt."— Coleridge. 

Inquisitive people are the funnels of 
conversation; they do not take anything 
for their own use, but merely to pass it 
on to others. — Steele. 

The gratification of curiosity rather 
frees us from uneasiness, than confers 
pleasure. — We are more pained by igno- 
rance, than delighted by instruction. — 
Curiosity is the thirst of the soul. — 

A person who is too nice an observer 
of the business of the crowd, like one 
who is too curious in observing the labor 
of bees, will often be stung for "his curi- 
osity. — Pope*. 

I loathe that low vice, curiosity. — 

Curiosity is looking over other people's 
affairs, and overlooking our own. — H. L. 

What a vast deal of time and ease 
that man gains who is not troubled with 
the spirit of impertinent curiosity about 
others; who lets his neighbor's thoughts 
and behavior alone; who confines his 
inspections to himself, and cares chiefly 
for his own duty and conscience. 

CURSES. — Dinna curse him, sir; I 
have heard it said that a curse was like 
a stone flung up to the heavens, and 
most likely to return on the head of him 
that sent it. — Walter Scott. 

"Curses are lik'e young chickens, and 
still come home to roost. — Bidwer. 

CUSTOM.— (See " Fashion.") 

Custom is the universal sovereign. — 

The way of the world is to make laws, 
but follow customs. — Montaigne. 

Custom is often only the antiquity of 
error. — C yprian . 

Custom may lead a man into many 
errors, but it justifies none. — Fielding. 

Custom is the law of fools. — Van- 

Choose always the way that seems 
best, however rough it may be, and 
custom will soon render it easy and 
agreeable. — Pythagoras. 

Custom doth make dotards of us all. 
— Carlyle. 

There is no tyrant like custom, and 
no freedom where its edicts are not re- 
sisted. — Bovee. » 

As the world leads, we follow. — Seneca. 

Men commonly think according to 
their inclinations, speak according to 
their learning and imbibed opinions, but 
generally act according to custom. — 

In this great society wide lying around 
us, a critical analysis would find very 
few spontaneous actions. It is almost 
all custom and gross sense. — Emerson. 

The influence of custom is incalcu- 
lable ; dress a boy as a man, and he will 
at once change his conception of him- 
self.— B. St. John. 

New customs, though they be never 
so ridiculous, nay, let them be unmanly, 
yet are followed. — Shakespeare. 

There are not unfrequently substan- 
tial reasons underneath for customs that 
appear to us absurd. — C. Bronte. 

Custom is the law of one description 




of fools, and fashion of another; but the 
two parties often clash, for precedent 
is the legislator of the first, and novelty 
of the last. — Colton. 

Be not so bigoted to any custom as to 
worship it at the expense of truth. — 

The custom and fashion of to-day will 
be the awkwardness and outrage of to- 
morrow — so arbitrary are these transient 
laws. — Dumas. 

Custom governs the .world; it is tlje 
tyrant of our feelings and our manners 
and rules the world with the hand of a 
despot. — J. Bartlett. 

To follow foolish precedents, and 
wink with both our eyes, is easier than 
to think. — Cowper. 

Immemorial custom is transcendent 
law. — Menu. 

The despotism of custom is on the 
wane. — We are not content to know that 
things are; we ask whether they ought 
to be.— J. S. Mill 

Man yields to custom, as he bows to 
fate — in all things ruled, mind, body, 
and estate. — Crabbe. 

CYNICS.— It will generally be found 
that those who sneer habitually at hu- 
man nature, and affect to despise it, are 
among its worst and least pleasant sam- 
ples. — Dickens. 

Don't be a cynic, and bewail and be- 
moan. — Omit the negative propositions. 
— Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor 
bark against the bad, but chant the 
beauty of the good. — Set down nothing 
that will help somebody. — Emerson. 

The cynic is one who never sees a 
good quality in a man, and never fails 
to see a bad one. — He is the human owl, 
vigilant in darkness and blind to light, 
mousing for vermin, and never seeing 
noble game. — H. W. Bcecher. 

To admire nothing is the motto which 
men of the world always affect. — They 
think it vulgar to wonder or be enthu- 
siastic. — They have so much corruption 
and charlatanism, that they think the 
credit of all high qualities must be de- 
lusive. — Brydges. 

DANCING. — The gymnasium of run- 
ning, walking on stilts, climbing, etc., 
steels and makes hardy single powers 

and muscles, but dancing, like a cor- 
poreal poesy, embellishes, exercises, and 
equalizes all the muscles at once. — 

Those move easiest, who have learned 
to dance. — Pope. 

A merry, dancing, drinking, laughing, 
quaffing, and unthinking time. — Dry den. 

Dancing is an amusement which has 
been discouraged in our country by 
many of the best people, and not with- 
out some reason. — It is associated in 
their mind with balls; and this is one 
of the worst forms of social pleasure. — 
The time consumed in preparing for a 
ball, the waste of thought upon it, the 
extravagance of dress, the late hours, the 
exhaustion of strength, the exposure of 
health, and the languor of the succeed- 
ing day — these and other evils connected 
with this amusement, are strong reasons 
for banishing it from the community. — 
But dancing ought not, therefore, to be 
proscribed. — On the contrary, balls 
should be discouraged for this among 
other reasons, that dancing, instead of 
being a rare pleasure, requiring elab- 
orate preparation, may become an every- 
day amusement, and mix with our com- 
mon intercourse. — This exercise is 
among the most healthful. — The body 
as well as the mind feels its gladdening 
influence. — No amusement seems more 
to have a foundation in our nature. — 
The animation of youth overflows spon- 
taneously in harmonious movements. — 
The true idea of dancing entitles it to 
favor. — Its end is to realize perfect grace 
in motion ; and who does not know that 
a sense of the graceful is one of the 
higher faculties of our nature. — Chan- 
ning. ■ 

The chief benefit of dancing is to 
learn one how to sit still. — Johnson. 

Learn to dance, not so much for the 
sake of dancing, as for coming into a 
room and presenting yourself genteelly 
and gracefull}'. — Women, whom you 
ought to endeavor to please, cannot for- 
give a vulgar and awkward air and ges- 
tures. — Chesterfield. 

In ancient times dancing, as a religious 
service, was before and to the Lord; in 
modem days it is too often a dissipating 
amusement for and to the devil. 

A ballroom is nothing more or less 
than a great market place of beauty. — 




For my part, were I a buyer, I should 
like making my purchases in a less pub- 
lic mart. — Bulwer. 

You may be invited to a ball or 
dinner because you dance or tell a good 
story; but no one since the time of 
Queen Elizabeth has been made a cab- 
inet minister or a lord chancellor for 
such reasons. — E. Pierrepont. 

Well was it said, by a man of sagacity, 
that dancing was a sort of privileged 
and reputable folly, and that the best 
way to be convinced of this was to close 
the ears and judge of it by the eyes 
alone. — Gotthold. 

For children and youth, dancing in 
the parlor or on the green may be a very 
pleasant and healthful amusement, but 
when we see older people dancing we 
are ready to ask with the Chinese, 
" Why don't you have your servants 
do it for you?" 

All the gestures of children are grace- 
ful; the reign of distortion and un- 
natural attitudes commences with the 
introduction of the dancing master. — 
Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

Where wildness and disorder are visi- 
ble in the dance, there Satan, death, and 
all kinds of mischief are likewise on the 
floor. — Gotthold. 

DANDY. — A dandy is a clothes-wear- 
ing man, — a man whose trade, office, and 
existence consist in the wearing of 
clothes. — Every faculty of his soul, spirit, 
person, and purse is heroically conse- 
crated to this one object — the wearing 
of clothes wisely and well; so that as 
others dress to live, he lives to dress. — 

A fool may have his coat embroidered 
with gold, but it is a fool's coat still. — 

Dandies, when first-rate, are generally 
very agreeable men. — Bulwer. 

The all-importance of clothes has 
sprung up in the intellect of the dandy, 
without effort, like an instinct of 
genius: he is inspired with cloth — a poet 
of clothing. — Carlyle. 

DANGER. — Danger levels man and 
brute, and all are fellows in their need. 
— Byron. 

We should never so entirely avoid 
danger as to appear irresolute and 
cowardly; but, at the same time, we 

should avoid, unnecessarily exposing our- 
selves to danger, than which nothing can 
be more foolish. — Cicero. 

A timid person is frightened before a 
danger; a coward during the time; and 
a courageous person afterward. — Richtcr. 

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to 
prevent it; he that fears not, gives ad- 
vantage to the danger. — Quarles. 

It is better to meet danger than to 
wait for it. — He that is on a lee shore, 
and foresees a hurricane, stands out to 
sea and encounters a storm to avoid a 
shipwreck. — Colton. 

A man's opinion of danger varies at 
different times according to his animal 
spirits, and he is actuated by considera- 
tions which he dares not avow. — Smol- 

DAUGHTERS.— To a father waxing 
old nothing is dearer than a daughter. 
— Sons have spirits of higher pitch, but 
less inclined to sweet, endearing fond- 
ness . — Euripides. 

A daughter is an embarrassing and 
ticklish possession. — Menander. 

Fathers, I think, are most apt to ap- 
preciate the excellence and attainments 
of their daughters; mothers, those of 
their sons. 

DAY. — There is nothing more univer- 
sally commended than a fine day; the 
reason is, that people can commend it 
without envy. — Shenstone. 

Every day is a little life, and our 
whole life is but a day repeated. There- 
fore live every day as if it would be the 
last. Those that dare lose a day, are 
dangerously prodigal; those that dare 
misspend it are desperate. — Bp. Hall. 

Count that day lost, whose low de- 
scending sun views from thy hand no 
worthy action done. — Stanford. 

" I've lost a day " — the prince who 
nobly cried, had been an emperor with- 
out his crown. — Young. 

Enjoy the blessings of the day if God 
sends them: and the evils bear patiently 
and sweetly; for this day only is ours: 
we are dead to yesterday, and not born 
to to-morrow. — Jeremy Taylor. 

DEATH. — It is not death, it is dying 
that alarms me. — Montaigne. 

Death is as the foreshadowing of life. 
We die that we may die no more. — 
Herman Hooker. 




This world is the land of the dying; 
the next is the land of the living. — 
Tryon Edwards. 

Men fear death, as if unquestionably 
the greatest evil, and yet no man knows 
that it mav not be the greatest good. — 
W. Mitford. 

We call it death to leave this world, 
but were we once out of it, and enstated 
into the happiness of the next, we should 
think it were dying indeed to come back 
to it again. — Sherlock. 

Death has nothing terrible which life 
has not made so. A faithful Christian 
life in this world is the best preparation 
for the next. — Tryon Edwards. 

It is impossible that anything so 
natural, so necessary, and so universal as 
death, should ever have been designed 
by Providence as an evil to mankind. — 

We understand death for the first time 
when he puts his hand upon one whom 
we love. — Mad. De Stael. 

Death is like thunder in two particu- 
lars: we are alarmed at the sound of it, 
and it is formidable only from that 
which preceded it. — Colton. 

Death, to a good man, is but passing 
through a dark entiy, out of one little 
dusky room of his father's house, into 
another that is fair and large, lightsome 
and glorious, and divinely entertaining. 
— Clarke. 

Death is not, to the Christian, what it 
has often been called, " Paying the debt 
of nature." No, it is not paying a debt; 
it is rather like bringing a note to a 
bank to obtain solid gold in exchange 
for it. You bring a cumbrous body 
which is nothing worth, and which you 
could not wish to retain long; 3 t ou lay 
it down, and receive for it, from the 
eternal treasures, liberty, victoiy, knowl- 
edge, and rapture. — John Foster. 

We picture death as coming to de- 
stroy; let us rather picture Christ as 
coming to save. We think of death 
as ending; let us rather think of life as 
beginning, and that more abundantly. 
We think of losing; let us think of gain- 
ing. We think of parting, let us think of 
meeting. We think of going away ; let us 
think of arriving. And as the voice of 
death whispers " You must go from 
earth," let us hear the voice of Christ 

saying, "You are but coming to Me!" 
— N. MacLeod. 

No man who is fit to live need fear 
to die. To us here, death is the most 
terrible thing we know. But when we 
have tasted its reality it will mean to 
us birth, deliverance, a new creation of 
ourselves. It will be what health is to 
the sick man; what home is to the 
exile; what the loved one given back 
is to the bereaved. As we draw near to 
it a solemn gladness should fill our 
hearts. It is God's great morning light- 
ing up the sky. Our fears are the terror 
of children in the night. The night 
with its terrors, its darkness, its feverish 
dreams, is passing away; and when we 
awake it will be into the sunlight of 
God.— Fuller. 

The gods conceal from men the happi- 
ness of death, that they may endure life. 
— Lucan. 

A wise and due consideration of our 
latter end, is neither to render us sad, 
melancholy, disconsolate, or unfit for the 
business and offices of life; but to make 
us more watchful, vigilant, industrious, 
sober, cheerful, and thankful to that 
God who hath been pleased thus to 
make us serviceable to him, comfortable 
to ourselves, and profitable to others; 
and after all this, to take away the bit- 
terness and sting of death, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. — Sir M. Hale. 

One may live as a conqueror, a king, 
or a magistrate; but he must die a man. 
The bed of death brings every human 
being to his pure individuality, to the 
intense contemplation of that deepest 
and most solemn of all relations — the 
relation between the creature and his 
Creator. — Daniel Webster. 

If thou expect death as a friend, pre- 
pare to entertain him ; if as an enemy, 
prepare to overcome him. — Death has 
no advantage except when he comes as 
a stranger. — Quarles. 

What a superlatively grand and con- 
soling idea is that of death! Without 
this radiant idea — this delightful morn- 
ing star, indicating that the luminary of 
eternity is going to rise, life would, to 
my view, darken into midnight melan- 
choly. The expectation of living here, 
and living thus always, would be indeed 
a prospect of overwhelming despair. 
But thanks to that fatal decree that 
dooms us to die; thanks to that gospel 




which opens the visions of an endless 
life; and thanks above all to that 
Saviour friend who has promised to con- 
duct the faithful through the sacred 
trance of death, into scenes of Paradise 
and everlasting delight. — John Foster. 

Death is the golden key that opens 
the palace of eternity. — Milton. 

Death expecteth thee everywhere; be 
wise, therefore, and expect death every- 
where. — Quarles. 

The ancients feared death; we, thanks 
to Christianity, fear only dying. — 
Guesses at Truth. 

Death is the crown of life. — Were 
death denied, poor man would live in 
vain; to live would not be life; even 
fools would wish to die. — Young. 

Death opens the gate of fame, and 
shuts the gate of envy after it. — It un- 
loosens the chain of the captive, and 
puts the bondsman's task in another's 
hands. — Sterne. 

Be still prepared for death: and death 
or life shall thereb}^ be the sweeter. — 

To neglect, at any time, preparation 
for death, is to sleep on our post at a 
siege; to omit it in old age, is to sleep 
at an attack. — Johnson. 

One of the fathers says, " There is but 
this difference between the death of old 
men and young; that old men go to 
death, and death comes to the young." 

He who should teach men to die, 
would, at the same time, teach them to 
live . — Montaigne . 

A dislike of death is no proof of the 
want of religion. The instincts of na- 
ture shrink from it, for no creature can 
like its own dissolution. — But though 
death is not desired, the result of it may 
be, for dying to the Christian is the way 
to life eternal. — W. Jay. 

A good man, when dying, once said, 
" Formerly death appeared to me like a 
wide river, but now it has dwindled to 
a little rill; and my comforts, which 
were as the rill, have become the broad 
and deep river." 

He whom the gods love, dies young. — 

Is death the last sleep? No, it is the 
last and final awakening. — Walter Scott. 

The air is full of farewells to the dy- 

ing, and mournings for the dead. — Long- 

The good die first; and they whose 
hearts are dry as summer dust burn to 
the socket. — Wordsworth. 

Cullen, in his last moments, whis- 
pered, " I wish I had the power of 
writing or speaking, for then I would 
describe to you how pleasant a thing it 
is to die." — Derby. 

The darkness of death is like the eve- 
ning twilight; it makes all objects ap- 
pear more lovely to the dying. — Richter. 

Men may live fools, but fools they 
cannot die. — Young. 

Death is the liberator of him whom 
freedom cannot release; the physician 
of him whom medicine cannot cure; the 
comforter of him whom time cannot con- 
sole. — Colton. 

Let death be daily before your eyes, 
and you will never entertain any abject 
thought, nor too eagerly covet any- 
thing. — Epictetus. 

On death and judgment, heaven and 
hell, who oft doth think, must needs 
die well. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

It matters not at what hour the right- 
eous fall asleep. — Death cannot come un- 
timely to him who is fit to die. — The less 
of this cold world the more of heaven; 
the briefer life, the earlier immortality. 
— Milman. 

There is no better armor against the 
shafts of death than to be busied in 
God's service. — Fuller. 

He who alwa} 7 s waits upon God, is 
ready whensoever he calls. — He is a 
happy man who so lives that death at 
all times may find him at leisure to die. 
— Feltham. 

Let dissolution come when it will, it 
can do the Christian no harm, for it will 
be but a passage out of a prison into a 
palace; out of a sea of troubles into a 
haven of rest ; out of a crowd of enemies, 
to an innumerable company of true, lov- 
ing, and faithful friends; out of shame, 
reproach, and contempt, into exceeding 
great and eternal glory. — Bunyan. 

We sometimes congratulate ourselves 
at the moment of waking from a 
troubled dream; it may be so the mo- 
ment after death. — Hawthorne. 

Death and love are the two wings 




that bear the good man to heaven. — 
Michael Angelo. 

If Socrates died like a philosopher, 
Jesus Christ died like a God. — Rousseau. 

Each departed friend is a magnet that 
attracts us to the next world. — Richter. 

Living is death; d}'ing is life. — On 
this side of the grave we are exiles, 
on that, citizens; on this side, orphans; 
on that, children; on this side, cap- 
tives; on that, freemen; on this side 
disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed 
and proclaimed as the sons of God. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

It is as natural to man to die, as to 
be born; and to a little infant, perhaps 
the one is as painful as the other. — 

Death stamps the characters and con- 
ditions of men for eternity. — As death 
finds them in this world, so will they 
be in the next. — Emmons. 

Ah ! what a sign it is of evil life, when 
death's approach is seen so terrible! — 

How shocking must thy summons be, 
O death, to him that is at ease in his 
possessions ! who, counting on long 
years of pleasure here, is quite unfur- 
nished for the world to come. — Blair. 

I love to think of my little children 
whom God has called to himself as 
away at school — at the best school in 
the universe, under the best teachers, 
learning the best things, in the best pos- 
sible manner. 

Readiness for death is that of char- 
acter, rather than of occupation. It is 
right living which prepares for safe or 
even joyous dying. 

death ! We thank thee for the light 
that thou wilt shed upon our ignorance. 
— Bossuet. 

1 believe that a family lives but a half 
life until it has sent its forerunners into 
the heavenly world, until those who 
linger here can cross the river, and fold 
transfigured a glorious form in the em- 
brace of an endless life. — Bridgman. 

I never think he is quite ready for an- 
other world who is altogether weary of 
this. — H. A. Hamilton. 

There is no death! What seems so is 
transition; this life of mortal breath is 

but a suburb of the life elysian, whose 
portal we call death. — Longfellow. 

When I am dying I want to know 
that I have a similarity to God, so that 
my will is the same as his will, and that 
I love and hate and wish what he does. 
— J. Cook. 

The bad man's death is horror; but 
the just does but ascend to glory from 
the dust. — Habbinglon. 

When the sun goes below the horizon, 
he is not set; the heavens glow for a 
full hour after his departure. — And when 
a great and good man sets, the sky of 
this world is luminous long after he is 
out of sight. — Such a man cannot die 
out of this world. — When he goes he 
leaves behind much of himself. — Being 
dead he speaks. — H. W. Beecher. 

Death is but the dropping of the 
flower that the fruit may swell. — H. W. 

Alexander the Great, seeing Diogenes 
looking attentively at a parcel of human 
bones, asked the philosopher what he 
was looking for. " That which I cannot 
find," was the reply; "the difference be- 
tween your father's bones and those of 
his slaves." 

A good man being asked during his 
last illness, whether he thought himself 
dying, " Really, friend, I care not 
whether I am or not ; for if I die I shall 
be with God; if I live, He will be with 

Not by lamentations and mournful 
chants ought we to celebrate the funeral 
of a good man, but by hymns, for in 
ceasing to be numbered with mortals 
he enters upon the heritage of a diviner 
life. — Plutarch. 

Leaves have their time to fall, and 
flowers to wither at the North-wind's 
breath, and stars to set — but all, thou 
hast all seasons for thine own, O death ! 
— Mrs. Hemans. 

The sense of death is most in ap- 
prehension, and the poor beetle that we 
tread upon feels a pang as great as 
when a giant dies. — Shakespeare. 

The chamber where the good man 
meets his fate is privileged be3 r ond the 
common walk of virtuous life, quite on 
the verge of heaven. — Young. 

As long as we are living, God will 
give us living grace, and he wont give us 
dying grace till it's time to die. What's 




the use of trying to feel like dying 
when you aint dying, nor anywhere near 
it?— H. W. Beecher. 

I know of but one remedy against the 
fear of death that is effectual and that 
will stand the test either of a sick-bed, 
or of a sound mind — that is, a good 
life, a clear conscience, an honest heart, 
and a well-ordered conversation; to 
carry the thoughts of dying men about 
us, and so to live before we die as we 
shall wish we had when we come to it. 
— Norris. 

Man's highest triumph, man's pro- 
foundest fall, the death-bed of the just 
is yet undrawn by mortal hand ; it merits 
a divine: angels should paint it, angels 
ever there; there, on a post of honor 
and of joy. — Young. 

Be of good cheer about death, and 
know this of a truth, that no evil can 
happen to a good man, either in life or 
after death. — Socrates. 

Death did not first strike Adam, the 
first sinful man, nor Cain, the first hypo- 
crite, but Abel, the innocent and right- 
eous. — The first soul that met death 
overcame death; the first soul parted 
from earth went to heaven. — Death 
argues not displeasure, because he whom 
God loved best dies first, and the mur- 
derer is punished with living. — Bp. Hall. 

DEBT. — I have discovered the philoso- 
pher's stone, that turns everything into 
gold: it is, " Pay as you go." — John 

Debt is the secret foe of thrift, as vice 
and idleness are its open* foes. — The 
debt-habit is the twin brother of pov- 
erty. — T. T. Munger. 

Run not into debt, either for wares 
sold, or money borrowed; be content to 
want things that are not of absolute 
necessity, rather than to run up the 
score: such a man pays, at the latter 
end, a third part more than the princi- 
pal, and is in perpetual servitude to his 
creditors; lives uncomfortably; is neces- 
sitated to increase his debts to stop his 
creditors' mouths; and many times falls 
into desperate courses. — Sir M. Hale. 

Do not accustom yourself to consider 
debt only as an inconvenience; you will 
find it a calamity. — Johnson. 

Poverty is hard, but debt is horrible. 
— A man might as well have a smoky 
house and a scolding; wife, which are 

said to be the two worst evils of our 
life. — Spurgeon. 

Think what you do when you run in 
debt; you give to another power over 
your liberty. If you cannot pay at the 
time, you will be ashamed to see your 
creditor; will be in fear when you speak 
to him; will make poor, pitiful, sneak- 
ing excuses, and by degrees come to lose 
your veracity, and sink into base, down- 
right lying; for the second vice is lying, 
the first is running in debt. A freeborn 
man ought not to be ashamed nor afraid 
to see or speak to any man living, but 
poverty often deprives a man of all 
spirit and virtue. It is hard for an 
empty bag to stand upright. — Franklin. 

The first step in debt is like the first 
step in falsehood, involving the necessity 
of going on in the same course, debt 
following debt, as lie follows lie. — S. 

Youth is in danger until it learns to 
look upon debts as furies. — Bulwer. 

Paying of debts is, next to the grace 
of God, the best means of delivering 
you from a thousand temptations to 
vanity and sin. — Pay your debts, and 
you will not have wherewithal to buy 
costly toys or pernicious pleasures. — 
Pay your debts, and you will not have 
what to lose to a gamester. — Pay your 
debts, and you will of necessity abstain 
from many indulgences that war against 
the spirit and bring you into captivity 
to sin, and cannot fail to end in your 
utter destruction, both of soul and bod} r . 
— Delany. 

" Out of debt, out of danger," is, like 
many other proverbs, full of wisdom ; 
but the word danger does not sufficiently 
express all that the warning demands. — 
For a state of debt and embarrassment 
is a state of positive misery, and the 
sufferer is as one haunted by an evil 
spirit, and his heart can know neither 
rest nor peace till it is cast out. — 

A man who owes a little can clear it 
off in a little time, and, if he is prudent, 
he will: whereas a man, who, by long 
negligence, owes a great deal, despairs 
of ever being able to pay, and there- 
fore never looks into his accounts at all. 
— Chesterfield. 

A small debt produces a debtor; a 
large one, an enemy. — Pubh'us Syrus. 




Debt is to a man what the serpent is 
to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath 
poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, 
its jaw is the pitiless grave. — Bulwcr. 

DECEIT. — There is no wickedness so 
desperate or deceptive — we can never 
foresee its consequences. 

Of all the evil spirits abroad in the 
world, insincerity is the most danger- 
ous. — Froude. 

Deceivers are the most dangerous 
members of society. — They trifle with 
the best affections of our nature, and 
violate the most sacred obligations. — 

No man, for any considerable period, 
can wear one face to himself and another 
to the multitude, without finally getting 
bewildered as to which may be true. — 

Idiots only may be cozened twice. — 

There is less misery in being cheated 
than in that kind of wisdom which per- 
ceives, or thinks it perceives, that all 
mankind are cheats. — E. H. Chapin. 

It is as easy to deceive one's self with- 
out perceiving it, as it is difficult to de- 
ceive others without their finding it out. 
— Rochefoucauld. 

We never deceive for a good purpose; 
knavery adds malice to falsehood. — ■ 

Our double dealing generally comes 
down upon ourselves. — To speak or act 
a lie is alike contemptible in the sight 
of God and man. — Everton. 

The surest way of making a dupe is 
to let your victim suppose you are his. 
— Bulwer. 

No man was ever so much deceived 
by another as by himself. — Grevillc. 

Deceit is the false road to happiness; 
and all the joys we travel through to 
vice, like fairy banquets, vanish when 
we touch them. — A. Hill. 

Who dares think one thing and an- 
other tell, my heart detests him as the 
gates of hell. — Pope. 

The first and worst of all frauds is to 
cheat one's self. — All sin is easy after 
that. — Bailey. 

He that has no real esteem for any of 
the virtues, can best assume the appear- 
ance of them all. — Colton. 

When once a concealment or a deceit 
has been practiced in matters where all 
should be fair and open as day, confi- 
dence can never be restored, any more 
than you can restore the white bloom 
to the grape or plum that you once 
pressed in your hand. — H. W. Beechcr. 

0, what a tangled web we weave, when 
first we practice to deceive. — Walter 

Many an honest man practices on 
himself an amount of deceit, sufficient, 
if practiced on another, and in a little 
different way, to send him to the State 
prison. — Bovee. 

Mankind, in the gross, is a gaping 
monster, that loves to be deceived, and 
has seldom been disappointed. — Mac- 

All deception in the course of life is 
indeed nothing else but a lie reduced 
to practice, and falsehood passing from 
words into things. — South. 

There are three persons you should 
never deceive: your physician, your 
confessor, and your lawyer. — Walpole. 

Were ' we to take as much pains to 
be what we ought, as we do to disguise 
what we are, we might appear like our- 
selves without being at the trouble of 
any disguise at all. — Rochefoucauld. 

It many times falls out that we deem 
ourselves much deceived in others, be- 
cause we first deceived ourselves. — Sir 
P. Sidney. 

DECENCY. — Virtue and decency are 
so nearly related that it is difficult to 
separate th<%n from each other but in 
our imagination. — Cicero. 

Want of decency is want of sense. — 

Decency of behavior in our lives ob- 
tains the approbation of all with whom 
we converse, from the order, consistency, 
and moderation of our words and ac- 
tions. — Steele. 

Decency is the least of all laws, but 
yet it is the law which is most strictly 
observed. — Rochefoucauld. 

DECISION.— There is nothing more 
to be esteemed than a manly firmness 
and decision of character. — I like a per- 
son who knows his own mind and sticks 
to it; who sees at once what, in given 
circumstances, is to be done, and does 
it. — Hazlitt. 




When we can say "no," not only to 
things that are wrong and sinful, but 
also to things pleasant, profitable, and 
good which would hinder and clog our 
grand duties and our chief work, we 
shall understand more fully what life is 
worth, and how to make the most of 
it. — C. A. Stoddard. 

I hate to see things done by halves. — 
If it be right, do it boldly, — if it be 
wrong leave it undone. — Gilpin. 

Decision of character will often give 
to an inferior mind command over a 
superior. — W. Wirt. 

When desperate ills demand a speedy 
cure, distrust is cowardice, and prudence 
folly. — Johnson. 

Men must be decided on what they 
will not do, and then they are able to 
act with vigor in what they ought to 
do. — Mencius. 

The block of granite which was an 
obstacle in the pathway of the weak be- 
comes a stepping-stone in the pathway 
of the strong. — Carlyle. 

All the world over it is true that a 
double-minded man is unstable in all his 
ways, like a wave on the streamlet, 
tossed hither and thither with every 
eddy of its tide. — A determinate purpose 
in life and a steady adhesion to it 
through all disadvantages, are indispens- 
able conditions of success. — W. M. Pun- 

The souls of men of undecided and 
feeble purpose are the graveyards of 
good intentions. 

It is a poor and disgraceful thing not 
to be able to reply, with some degree of 
certainty, to the simple questions, 
"What will you be? What will you 
do? " — John Foster. 

He that, cannot decidedlj' say " No," 
when tempted to evil, is on the high- 
way to ruin. — He loses the respect even 
of those who would tempt him, and be- 
comes but the pliant tool and victim 
of their evil designs. — J. Hawes. 

The man who has not learned to say 
" No " will be a weak if not a wretched 
man as long as he lives. — A. Maclaren. 

DEEDS. — Our deeds determine us, as 
much as we determine our deeds; — 
George Eliot. 

We are our own fates. — Our deeds are 
our own doomsmen. — Man's life was 

made not for creeds, but actions. — 

How oft the sight of means to do ill 
deeds makes ill deeds done! — Shake- 

Our deeds are seeds of fate, sown here 
on earth, but bringing forth their harvest 
in eternity. — G. D. Boardman. 

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, 
unless the deed go with it. — Shakespeare. 

Our deeds follow us, and what we 
have been makes us what we are. 

It is our own past which has made us 
what we are. We are the children of 
our own deeds. Conduct has created 
character; acts have grown into habits, 
each year has pressed into us a deeper 
moral print; the lives we have led have 
left us such as we are to-day. — Dykes. 

A word that has been said may be un- 
said — it is but air. — But when a deed is 
done, it cannot be undone, nor can our 
thoughts reach out to all the mischiefs 
that may follow. — Longfellow. 

Look on little deeds as great, on ac- 
count of Christ, who dwells in us, and 
watches our life; look on great deeds as 
easy, on account of His great power. — 

Good actions ennoble us, and we are 
the sons of our own deeds. — Cervantes. 

We should believe only in deeds; 
words go for nothing everywhere. — 

No matter what a man's aims, or reso- 
lutions, or professions may be, it is by 
one's deeds that he is to be judged, 
both by God and man. — H. W. Beecher. 

Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, 
and though a late, a sure reward suc- 
ceeds. — Congreve. 

Foul deeds will rise, though all the 
earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes. — 

Good deeds ring clear through heaven 
like a bell. — Richter. 

A noble deed is a step toward God. — 
/. G. Holland. 

A life spent worthily should be meas- 
ured by deeds, not years. — Sheridan. 

DEFEAT.— What is defeat?— Nothing 
but education; nothing but the first step 
to something better. — Wendell Phillips. 

Defeat is a school in which truth al- 
ways grows strong. — H. W. Beecher. 




Xo man is defeated without some 
resentment, which will be continued with 
obstinacy while he believes himself in 
the right, and asserted with bitterness, 
if even to his own conscience he is de- 
tected in the wrong. — Johnson. 

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, 
and gristle to muscle, and makes men 
invincible, and formed those heroic na- 
tures that are now in ascendency in the 
world. — Do not then be afraid of defeat. 
— You are never so near to victory as 
when defeated in a good cause. — H. W. 

DEFERENCE. — Deference is the 
most delicate, the most indirect, and the 
most elegant of all compliments, and 
before company is the genteelest kind 
of flattery. — Shenstone. 

Deference is the instinctive respect 
which we pay to the great and good. — 
The unconscious acknowledgment of the 
superiority or excellence of others. — 
Tryon Edwards. 

Deference often shrinks and withers 
as much upon the approach of intimacy, 
as the sensitive plant does upon the 
touch of one's finger. — Shenstone. 

DEFINITION.— All arts acknowledge 
that then only we know certainly, when 
we can define; for definition is that 
which refines the pure essence of things 
from the circumstance. — Milton. 

Just definitions either prevent or put 
an end to disputes. — Emons. 

A large part of the discussions of dis- 
putants, come from the want of accurate 
definition. — Let one define his terms and 
then stick to the definition, and half 
the differences in philosophy and the- 
ology would come to an end, and be 
seen to have no real foundation. — Tryon 

I am apt to think that men find their 
simple ideas agree, though in discourse 
they confound one another with differ- 
ent names. — Locke. 

DEFORMITY. — Many a man has 
risen to eminence under the powerful 
reaction of his mind against the scorn 
of the unworthy, daily evoked by his 
personal defects, who, with a handsome 
person, would have sunk into the luxury 
of a careless life under the tranquilizing 
smiles of continual admiration. — De 

Do you suppose we owe nothing to 

Pope's deformity? — He said to himself, 
" If my person be crooked, my verses 
shall be straight." — Hazlitt. 

Deformity is daring; it is its essence 
to overtake mankind by heart and soul 
and make itself the equal, aye, the 
superior of others. — Byron. 

Deformity of heart I call the worst de- 
formity of all; for what is form, or 
face, but the soul's index, or its case? — 

DELAY. — (See " Procrastination " 
and " Inactivity.") 

Delay has always been injurious to 
those who are prepared. — Lucan. 

Defer no time; delays have danger- 
ous ends. — Shakespeare. 

It is one of the illusions, that the 
present hour is not the critical, decisive 
hour. — Write it on your heart that 
every day is the best day in the year. 
— No man has learned anything rightly 
until he knows and feels that every day 
is doomsdajr. — Carlyle. 

O, how many deeds of deathless virtue 
and immortal crime the world had 
wanted had the actor said, "I will do 
this to-morrow! " — Lord John Russell. 

God keep you from " It is too late." 
When the fool has made up his mind 
the market has gone by. — Spanislo 

No man ever served God by doing 
things to-morrow. If we honor Christ, 
and are blessed, it is by the things 
which we do to-day. 

Procrastination is the thief of time; 
year after year it steals till all are fled, 
and to the mercies of a moment leaves 
the vast concerns of an eternal scene. — 

He that takes time to resolve, gives 
leisure to deny, and warning to prepare. 
— Quarles. 

The procrastinator is not only indo- 
lent and weak but commonly false too; 
most of the weak are false. — Lavater. 

In delay we waste our lights in vain; 
like lamps by day. — Shakespeare. 

To-morrow, didst thou say? Go to 
— I will not hear of it — To-morrow! 'tis 
a sharper who "stakes his penury against 
thy plenty — who takes thy ready cash, 
and pays thee nought but wishes, hopes, 
and promises, the currency of idiots. 
To-morrow! it is a period nowhere to 




be found in all the hoary registers of 
time, unless perchance in the fool's cal- 
endar. Wisdom disclaims the word, nor 
holds society with those that own it. 
Tis fancy's child, and folly is its father: 
wrought on such stuff as dreams are; 
and baseless as the fantastic visions of 
the evening. — Cotton. 

To-morrow I will live, the fool does 
say: to-day itself 's too late; the wise 
lived yesterday. — Martial. 

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to- 
morrow, creeps in this petty pace from 
day to day, to the last syllable of re- 
corded time ; and all our yesterdays have 
lighted fools the way to dusty death. — 

Every delay is hateful, but it gives 
wisdom. — Publius Syrus. 

Some one speaks admirably of the 
well-ripened fruit of sage delay. — Balzac. 

Shun delays, they breed remorse; take 
thy time while time is lent thee. — Creep- 
ing snails have weakest force; fly their 
fault, lest thou repent thee. — Good is 
best when soonest wrought ; lingering 
labors come to nought. — Southwell. 

Where duty is plain delay is both 
foolish and hazardous; where it is not, 
delay may be both wisdom and safety. — 
Try on Edwards. 

Time drinketh up the essence of every 
great and noble action which ought to 
be performed but is delayed in the exe- 
cution. — Veeshnoo Sarma. 

The surest method of arriving at a 
knowledge of God's eternal purposes 
about us is to be found in the right use 
of the present moment. Each hour 
comes with some little fagot of God's 
will fastened upon its back. — F. W. 

DELICACY.— Delicacy is to the affec- 
tions what grace is to beauty. — Deger- 

True delicacy, that most beautiful 
heart-leaf of humanity, exhibits itself 
most significantly in little things. — Mary 

The finest qualities of our nature, like 
the bloom on fruits, can be preserved 
only by the most delicate handling. — 

If you destroy delicacy and a sense of 
shame in a young girl you deprave her 
very fast. — Mrs. Stowe. 

Weak men, often, from the very prin- 
ciple of their weakness, derive a certain 
susceptibility, delicacy, and taste, which 
render them, in these particulars, much 
superior to men of stronger and more 
consistent minds, who laugh at them. — 

Friendship, love, and piet}^, ought to 
be handled with a sort of mysterious 
secrecy. — They ought to be spoken of 
only in the rare moments of perfect con- 
fidence — to be mutually understood in 
silence. — Many things are too delicate 
to be thought; many more to be spoken. 
— Novalis. 

An appearance of delicacy, and even 
of fragility, is almost essential to beauty. 
— Burke. 

Delicacy is to the mind what fragrance 
is to the fruit. — A. Poincelot. 

DELIGHT. — What more felicity can 
fall to man than to enjoy delight with 
liberty ? — Spenser. 

As high as we have mounted in de- 
light, in our dejection do we sing as 
low. — Wordsworth. 

These violent delights have violent 
ends, and in their triumph die, like fire 
and powder, which, as they kiss, con- 
sume . — Shakespeare . 

I am convinced that we have a de- 
gree of delight, and that no small one, 
in the real misfortunes and pains of 
others. — Burke. 

Sensual delights soon end in loath- 
ing, quickly bring a glutting surfeit, and 
degenerate into torments when they 
are continued and unintermitted. — John 

DELUSION.— No man is happy with- 
out a delusion of some kind. — Delusions 
are as necessary to our happiness as 
realities. — Bovee. 

The worst deluded are the self-de- 
luded. — Bovee. 

Were we perfectly acquainted with the 
object, we should never passionately de- 
sire it. — Rochefoucauld. 

We strive as hard to hide our hearts 
from ourselves as from others, and al- 
ways with more success; for in deciding 
upon our own case we are both judge, 
jury, and executioner, and where sophis- 
try cannot overcome the first, or flattery 
the second, self-love is always ready to 




defeat the sentence by bribing the third. 
— Colton. 

You think a man to be your dupe. — 
If he pretends to be so, who is the 
greatest dupe — he or you? — Bruyere. 

It many times falls out that we deem 
ourselves much deceived in others, be- 
cause we are first deceived ourselves. — 
Sir P. Sidney. 

When our vices quit us, we flatter 
ourselves with the belief that it is we 
who quit them. — Rochefoucauld. 

thoughts of men accurst. — Past and 
to come seem best; things present, 
worst. — Shakespeare. 

This is the excellent foppery of the 
world! that, when we are sick in for- 
tune, we make guilt}' of our disasters, 
the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if 
we were villains by necessity; fools, by 
heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, 
and treachers, by spherical predomi- 
nance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, 
by an enforced obedience of planetary 
influence; and all that we are evil in, by 
a divine thrusting on. — Shakespeare. 

Mankind in the gross is a gaping mon- 
ster, that loves to be deceived, and has 
seldom been disappointed. — Mackenzie. 

Hope tells a flattering tale, delusive, 
vain, and hollow. — Wrother. 

The disappointment of manhood suc- 
ceeds the delusion of youth. — Disraeli. 

DEMOCRACY.— The love of democ- 
racy is that of equality. — Montesquieu. 

In every village there will arise some 
miscreant, to establish the most grind- 
ing tyranny by calling himself the peo- 
ple. — Sir Robert Peel. 

The history of the gospel has been 
the history of the development and 
growth of Christian democratic ideas. — 
H. W. Beecher. 

Your little child is your only true 
democrat. — Mrs. Stowe. 

It is the most beautiful truth in 
morals that we have no such thing as a 
distinct or divided interest from our 
race. — In their welfare is ours; and by 
choosing the broadest paths to effect 
their happiness, we choose the surest and 
shortest to our own. — Bulwer. 

Knowledge and goodness — these make 
degrees in heaven, and they must be the 
graduating scale of a true democracy. — 
Miss Sedgwick. 

Lycurgus being asked why he, who 
in other respects appeared to be so zeal- 
ous for the equal rights of men, did not 
make his government democratic rather 
than an oligarchy, replied, " Go you, 
and try a democracy in your own 
house ." — Plut arch . 

If there were a people consisting of 
gods, they would be governed demo- 
cratically; so perfect a government is 
not suitable to men. — Rousseau. 

Intellectual superiority is so far from 
conciliating confidence that it is the 
very spirit of a democracy, as in France, 
to proscribe the aristocracy of talents. 
To be the favorite of an ignorant multi- 
tude, a man must descend to their 
level ; he must desire what they desire, 
and detest all they do not approve: he 
must yield to their prejudices, and sub- 
stitute them for principles. Instead of 
enlightening their errors, he must adopt 
them, and must furnish the sophistry 
that will propagate and defend them. — 
Fisher Ames. 

Democracy will itself accomplish the 
salutary universal change from the de- 
lusive to the real, and make a new 
blessed world of us bye and bye. — 

The progress of democracy seems irre- 
sistible, because it is the most uniform, 
the most ancient, and the most perma- 
nent tendency which is to be found in 
history. — De Tocqueville. 

The devil was the first democrat. — 

" It is a great blessing," says Pascal, 
" to be born a man of quality, since it 
brings a man as far forward at eighteen 
or twenty as another would be at fifty, 
which is a clear gain of thirty years." — 
These thirty years are commonly want- 
ing to the ambitious characters of de- 
mocracies. — The principle of equality, 
which allows every man to arrive at 
everything, prevents all men from rapid 
advancement. — De Tocqueville. 

The real democratic American idea is, 
not that every man shall be on a level 
with every other, but that every one 
shall have liberty, without hindrance, to 
be what God made him. — H. W. Beecher. 

DEPENDENCE. — There is none so 
great but he may both need the help 
and service, and stand in fear of the 




power and unkindness, even of the 
meanest of mortals. — Seneca. 

God has made no one absolute. — 
The rich depend on the poor, as well as 
the poor on the rich. — The world is but 
a magnificent building; all the stones 
are gradually cemented together. — No 
one subsists by himself alone. — Feltham. 

No degree of knowledge attainable by 
man is able to set him above the want 
of hourly assistance. — Johnson. 

Dependence is a perpetual call upon 
humanit}-, and a greater incitement to 
tenderness and pity than any other 
motive whatever. — Thackeray. 

The greatest man living may stand in 
need of the meanest, as much as the 
meanest does of him. — Fuller. 

Heaven's eternal wisdom has decreed, 
that man should ever stand in need of 
man. — Theocritus. 

Dependence goes somewhat against 
the grain of a generous mind; and it is 
no wonder that it should do so, con- 
sidering the unreasonable advantage 
which is often taken of the inequality 
of fortune. — Jeremy Collier. 

In an arch, each single stone, which, 
if severed from the rest, would be per- 
haps defenceless, is sufficiently secured 
by the solidity and entireness of the 
whole fabric of which it is a part. — 

How beautifully is it ordered, that as 
many thousands work for one, so must 
every individual bring his labor to make 
the whole. — The highest is not to despise 
the lowest, nor the lowest to envy the 
highest; each must live in all and by all. 
— So God has ordered, that men, being 
in need of each other, should learn to 
love each other, and to bear each other's 
burdens. — G. A. Sala. 

The acknowledgment of weakness 
which we make in imploring to be re- 
lieved from hunger and from tempta- 
tion, is surely wisely put in our prayer. 
— Think of it, you who are rich, and 
take heed how you turn a beggar away. 
— Thackeray. 

The beautiful must ever rest in the 
arms of the sublime. — The gentle need 
the strong to sustain it, as much as the 
rock-flowers need rocks to grow on, or 
the ivy the rugged wall which it em- 
braces. — Mrs. Stowe. 

Depend on no man, on no friend but 
him who can depend on himself. — He 
only who acts conscientiously toward 
himself, will act so toward others. — 

DEPRAVITY.— (See " Sin.") 

We are all sinful; and whatever one 
of us blames in another each one will 
find in his own heart. — Seneca. 

Men sometimes affect to deny the de- 
pravity of our race; but it is as clearly 
taught in the lawyers' office and in 
courts of justice, as in the Bible itself. 
— Every prison, and fetter, and scaffold, 
and bolt, and bar, and chain is evidence 
that man believes in the depravity of 
man. — Try on Edwards. 

Controlled depravity is not innocence ; 
and it is not the labor of delinquency 
in chains that will correct abuses. 
Never did a serious plan of amending 
any old tyrannical establishment pro- 
pose the authors and abettors of the 
abuses as the reformers of them. — Burke. 

Every man has his devilish moments. 
— Lavater. 

Original sin is in us, like the beard. 
— We are shaved to-day and look clean, 
and have a smooth chin; to-morrow our 
beard has grown again, nor does it cease 
growing while we remain on earth. — 
In like manner original sin cannot be 
extirpated from us; it springs up in us 
as long as we live. — Nevertheless we are 
bound to resist it to our utmost strength, 
and to cut it down unceasingly. — Luther. 

We have such an habitual persuasion 
of the general depravity of human na- 
ture, that in falling in with strangers we 
almost always reckon on their being ir- 
religious, till we discover some specific 
indication of the contrary. — /. Foster. 

It is not occasionally that the human 
soul is under the influence of depravity; 
but this is its habit and state till the 
soul is renewed by grace. — Dick. 

DESIRE. — Desires are the pulses of 
the soul; — as physicians judge by the 
appetite, so may you by desires. — Man- 

The thirst of desire is never filled, nor 
fully satisfied. — Cicero. 

It is much easier to suppress a first de- 
sire than to satisfy those that follow. — 

The reason that so many want their 




desires is that their desires want reason. 
— He may do what he will, who will do 
but what he may. — Warwick. 

Everyone would have something, such 
perhaps as we are ashamed to utter. 
The proud man would have honor; the 
covetous man, wealth and abundance; 
the malicious, revenge on his enemies; 
the epicure, pleasure and long life; the 
barren, children; the wanton, beauty; 
each would be humored in his own de- 
sire, though in opposition both to God's 
will, and his own good. — Bp. Hall. 

Some desire is necessary to keep life 
in motion; he whose real wants are 
supplied, must admit those of fancy. — 

Those things that are not practicable 
are not desirable. There is nothing in 
the world really beneficial that does not 
lie within the reach of an informed 
understanding and a well-protected pur- 
suit. There is nothing that God has 
judged good for us that he has not given 
us the means to accomplish, both in the 
natural and the moral world. If we cry, 
like children, for the moon, like children 
we must cry on. — Burke. 

Where necessity ends, desire and curi- 
osity begin; no sooner are we supplied 
with everything nature can demand, than 
we sit down to contrive artificial ap- 
petites. — Johnson. 

The stoical schemes of supplying our 
wants by lopping off our desires, is like 
cutting off our feet when we want shoes. 

A wise man will desire no more than 
he may get justly, use soberly, distribute 
cheerfully, and leave contentedly. 

The passions and desires, like the 
two twists of a rope, mutually mix one 
with the other, and twine inextricably 
round the heart; producing good, if 
moderately indulged; but certain de- 
struction, if suffered to become inordi- 
nate. — Burton. 

By annihilating the desires, you anni- 
hilate the mind. — Every man without 
passions has within him no principle of 
action, nor motive to act. — Helvetius. 

Every desire bears its death in its very 
gratification. — Curiosity languishes under 
repeated stimulants, and novelties cease 
to excite surprise, until at length we do 
not wonder even at a miracle. — Wash- 
ington Irving. 

We trifle when we assign limits to our 
desires, since nature hath set none. — 

Inordinate desires commonly produce 
irregular endeavors. If our wishes be 
not kept in submission to God's provi- 
dence, our pursuits will scarcely be kept 
under the restraints of his precepts. — 
M . Henry. 

Our nature is inseparable from de- 
sires, and the very word desire — the 
craving for something not possessed — 
implies that our present felicity is not 
complete. — Hobbes. 

However rich or elevated we may be, 
a nameless something is always wanting 
to our imperfect fortune. — Horace. 

Unlawful desires are punished after 
the effect of enjoying; but impossible 
desires are punished in the desire itself. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

Before we passionately desire anything 
which another enjoys, we should ex- 
amine as to the happiness of its pos- 
sessor. — Rochefoucauld. 

He who can wait for what he desires 
takes the course not to be exceedingly 
grieved if he fails of it; he on the con- 
trary who labors after a thing too im- 
patiently thinks the success when it 
comes is not a recompense equal to all 
the pains he has been at about it. — 

There is nothing capricious in nature; 
and the implanting of a desire indicates 
that its gratification is in the constitu- 
tion of the creature that feels it. — Emer- 

In moderating, not in satisfying de- 
sires, lies peace. — Heber. 

The soul of man is infinite in what it 
covets. — Ben Jonson. 

When a man's desires are boundless, 
his labors are endless. — They will set 
him a task he can never go through, and 
cut him out work he can never finish. — 
The satisfaction he seeks is always ab- 
sent, and the happiness he aims at is 
ever at a distance. — Balguy. 

It should be an indispensable rule in 
life to contract our desires to our present 
condition, and whatever may be our ex- 
pectations to live within the compass of 
what we actually possess. — It will be 
time enough to enjoy an estate when it 




comes into our hands; but if we antici- 
pate our good fortune we shall lose the 
pleasure of it when it arrives, and may 
possibly never possess what we have so 
foolishly counted on. — Addison. 

DESOLATION.— No one is so utterly 
desolate, but some heart, though un- 
known, responds unto his own. — Long- 

None are so desolate but something 
dear, — dearer than self, — possesses or is 
possessed. — Byron. 

No soul is desolate as long as there is 
a human being for whom it can feel trust 
and reverence. — George Eliot. 

My desolation begins to make a better 
life. — Shakespeare. 

What is the worst of woes that wait 
on age? What stamps the wrinkle 
deeper on the brow? — To view each 
loved one blotted from life's page, and 
be alone on earth. — Byron. 

Unhappy he, who from the first of 
joys — society — cut off, is left alone, amid 
this world of death! — Thomson. 

DESPAIR.— What we call despair is 
often only the painful eagerness of un- 
fed hope. — George Eliot. 

He that despairs measures Providence 
by his own little contracted model and 
limits infinite power to finite apprehen- 
sions. — South. 

Considering the unforeseen events of 
this world, we should be taught that no 
human condition should inspire men 
with absolute despair. — Fielding. 

It is impossible for that man to de- 
spair who remembers that his Helper is 
omnipotent. — Jeremy Taylor. 

Despair is like froward children, who, 
when you take away one of their play- 
things, throw the rest into the fire for 
madness. It grows angry with itself, 
turns its own executioner, and revenges 
its misfortunes on its own head. — Char- 

Despair is the offspring of fear, of 
laziness, and impatience; it argues a de- 
fect of spirit and resolution, and often 
of honesty too. I would not despair un- 
less I saw my misfortune recorded in the 
book of fate, and signed and sealed by 
necessity. — Collier. 

Despair gives courage to the weak. — 
Resolved to die, he fears no more, but 

rushes on his foes, and deals his deaths 
around. — Somerville. 

Beware of desperate steps. — The dark- 
est day, live till to-morrow, will have 
passed away. — Cowpcr. 

He that despairs degrades the Deity, 
and seems to intimate that He is in- 
sufficient, or not just to his word; in 
vain hath he read the Scriptures, the 
world, and man. — Feltham. 

He who despairs wants love and faith, 
for faith, hope, and love are three 
torches which blend their light together, 
nor does the one shine without the other. 
— Metastasio. 

Despair gives the shocking ease to the 
mind that mortification gives to the 
body. — Greville. 

Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is 
the serenity of heaven. — Donne. 

The fact that God has prohibited de- 
spair gives misfortune the right to hope 
all things, and leaves hope free to dare 
all things. — Mad. Swetchine. 

Religion converts despair, which de- 
stroys, into resignation, which submits. 
— Lady Blessington. 

DESPONDENCY— To despond is to 
be ungrateful beforehand. — Be not look- 
ing for evil. — Often thou drainest the 
gall of fear while evil is passing by thy 
dwelling. — Tupper. 

Life is a warfare; and he who easily 
desponds deserts a double duty — he be- 
trays the noblest property of man, which 
is dauntless resolution; and he rejects 
the providence of that all-gracious Being 
who guides and rules the universe. — 
Jane Porter. 

To believe a business impossible is 
the way to make it so. — How many 
feasible projects have miscarried through 
despondency, and been strangled in their 
birth by a cowardly imagination. — 

In the lotteiy of life there are more 
prizes drawn than blanks, and to one 
misfortune there are fifty advantages. 
Despondency is the most unprofitable 
feeling a man can indulge in. — De Witt 

Despondency is not a state of humil- 
ity. — On the contrary, it is the vexation 
and despair of a cowardly pride ; nothing 
is worse. — Whether we stumble, or 
whether we fall, we must only think of 




rising again and going on in our course. 
— Fenelon. 

Despondency is ingratitude; hope is 
God's worship. — H. W. Beecher. 

Some persons depress their own minds, 
despond at the first difficulty, and con- 
clude that making any progress in 
knowledge, further than serves their 
ordinary business, is above their capac- 
ity. — Locke. 

As to feel that we can do a thing is 
often success, so to doubt and despond 
is a sure step to failure. 

DESPOTISM.— I will believe in the 
right of one man to govern a nation des- 
potically when I find a man born into 
the world with boots and spurs, and a 
nation born with saddles on their backs. 
— Algernon Sidney. 

Despotism can no more exist in a 
nation until the liberty of the press be 
destroyed, than the night can happen 
before the sun is set. — Colton. 

It is odd to consider the connection 
between despotism and barbarity, and 
how the making one person more than 
man makes the rest less. — Addison. 

In times of anarchy one may seem a 
despot in order to be a savior. — Mira- 

Despots govern by terror. — They know 
that he who fears God fears nothing else, 
and therefore they eradicate from the 
mind, through their Voltaire and Hel- 
vetius, and the rest of that infamous 
gang, that only sort of fear which gen- 
erates true courage. — Burke. 

As virtue is necessary in a republic, 
and honor in a monarchy, fear is what 
is required in a despotism. — As for vir- 
tue, it is not at all necessary, and honor 
would be dangerous there. — Montes- 

All despotism is bad; but the worst is 
that which works with the machinery of 
freedom . — Junius. 

It is difficult for power to avoid 
despotism. — The possessors of rude 
health — the characters never strained by 
a doubt — the minds that no questions 
disturb and no aspirations put out of 
breath — there, the strong, are also the 
tyrants. — Gasparin. 

When the savages wish to have fruit 
they cut down the tree and gather it. — 

That is exactly a despotic government. 
— Montesquieu. 

There is something among men more 
capable of shaking despotic power than 
lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; 
that is the threatened indignation of the 
whole civilized world. — Daniel Webster. 

DESTINY.— Man proposes, but God 
disposes. — Thomas a Kempis. 

We are but the instruments of heaven ; 
our work is not design, but destiny. — 
Owen Meredith. 

No man of woman born, coward or 
brave, can shun his destiny. — Homer. 

Destiny is the scapegoat which we 
make responsible for all our crimes and 
follies; a necessity which we set down 
for invincible when we have no wish to 
strive against it. — Balfour. 

The acts of this life are the destiny of 
the next. — Eastern Proverb. 

That which God writes on thy fore- 
head, thou wilt come to it. — Koran. 

Destiny is but a phrase of the weak 
human heart — the dark apology for 
every error. — The strong and virtuous 
admit no destiny. — On earth conscience 
guides; in heaven God watches. — And 
destiny is but the phantom we invoke 
to silence the one and dethrone the 
other. — Bulwer. 

Philosophers never stood in need of 
Homer or the Pharisees to be convinced 
that everything is done by immutable 
laws; that everything is settled; that 
everything is the necessary effect of 
some previous cause. — Voltaire. 

The clew of our destiny, wander where 
we will, lies at the cradle foot. — Richter. 

Nothing comes to pass but what God 
appoints. — Our fate is decreed, and 
things do not happen by chance, but 
eveiy man's portion of joy or sorrow is 
predetermined. — Seneca. 

That which is not allotted the hand 
cannot reach; and what is allotted you 
will find wherever you may be. — Saadi. 

Man supposes that he directs his life 
and governs his actions, when his ex- 
istence is irretrievably under the control 
of destiny. — Goethe. 

If the course of human affairs be con- 
sidered, it will be seen that many things 
arise against which heaven does not al- 
low us to guard. — Machiavelli. 

Death and life have their determined 




appointments; riches and honors depend 
upon heaven. — Conjucius. 

The wheels of nature are not made to 
roll backward: everything presses on to- 
ward eternity: from the birth of time 
an impetuous current has set in, which 
bears all the sons of men toward that 
interminable ocean. Meanwhile heaven 
is attracting to itself whatever is con- 
genial to its nature, is enriching itself 
by the spoils of earth, and collecting 
within its capacious bosom whatever is 
pure, permanent, and divine. — Robert 

I do not mean to expose my ideas to 
ingenious ridicule by maintaining that 
everything happens to every man for 
the best ; but I will contend, that he who 
makes the best use of it, fulfills the part 
of a wise and good man. — Cumberland. 

Thoughts lead on to purposes; pur- 
poses go forth in action; actions form 
habits; habits decide character; and 
character fixes our destiny. — Tryon Ed- 

DETRACTION.— (See "Slander.") 

The detractor may, and often does, 
pull down others, but by so doing he 
never, as he seems to suppose, elevates 
himself to their position. — The most he 
can do is, maliciously to tear from them 
the blessings which he cannot enjoy him- 

To be traduced by ignorant tongues, 
is the rough brake that virtue must go 
through. — Shakespeare. 

Those who propagate evil reports fre- 
quently invent them ; and it is no breach 
of charity to suppose this to be always 
the case, because no man who spreads 
detraction would have scrupled to pro- 
duce it, as he who should diffuse poison 
in a brook would scarce be acquitted of 
a malicious design, though he should 
allege that he received it of another 
who is doing the same elsewhere. — Ad- 

To make beads of the faults of others, 
and tell them over every day, is infer- 
nal. — If you want to know how devils 
feel, you do know if you are such an 
one. — H. W. Beecher. 

Happy are they that hear their de- 
tractions, and can put them to mending. 
— Shakespeare. 

In some dispositions there is such an 
envious kind of pride that they cannot 

endure that any but themselves should 
be set forth for excellent; so that when 
they hear one justly praised, they will 
either seek to dismount his virtues, or, 
if they be like a clear light, they will 
stab him with a " but " of detraction. — 

Much depends upon a man's courage 
when he is slandered and traduced. 
Weak men are crushed by detraction; 
but the brave hold on and succeed. 

He whose first emotion, on the view 
of an excellent work, is to undervalue 
or depreciate it, will never have one of 
his own to show. — Aikin. 

Base natures joy to see hard hap hap- 
pen to them they deem happy. — Sir P. 

Whoever feels pain in hearing a good 
character of his neighbor, will feel pleas- 
ure in the reverse ; and those who de- 
spair to rise to distinction by their vir- 
tues are happy if others can be depressed 
to a level with themselves. — J. Barker. 

The man that makes a character, 
makes foes. — Young. 

If we considered detraction to be bred 
of envy, and nested only in deficient 
minds, we should find that the applaud- 
ing of virtue would win us far more 
honor than seeking to disparage it. — 
That would show we loved what we 
commended, while this tells the world 
we grudge at what we want ourselves. — 

There is no readier way for a man to 
bring his own worth into question, than 
by endeavoring to detract from the 
worth of other men. — Tillotson. 

Unjustifiable detraction always proves 
the weakness as well as meanness of the 
one who employs it. — To be constantly 
carping at, and exaggerating petty blem- 
ishes in the characters of others, putting 
an unfavorable construction on their 
language, or " damning with faint praise " 
their deeds, betrays, on the part of the 
detractor, a conscious inability to main- 
tain a reputable standing on legitimate 
and honorable ground. — E. L. Magoon. 

DEVIATION.— When people once be- 
gin to deviate, they do not know where 
to stop. — George III. 

Ah! to what gulfs a single deviation 
from the track of human duties leads ! — 

Deviation from either truth or duty 




is a downward path, and none can say 
where the descent will end. — " He that 
despiseth small things shall fall by lit- 
tle and little." — Tryon Edwards. 

DEVIL.— The devil is no idle spirit, 
but a vagrant, runagate walker, that 
never rests in one place. — The motive, 
cause, and main intention of his walking 
is to ruin man. — T. Adams. 

No sooner is a temple built to God, 
but the devil builds a chapel hard by. — 

As no good is done, or spoken, or 
thought by any man without the assist- 
ance of God, working in and with those 
that believe in him, so there is no evil 
done, or spoken, or thought without the 
assistance of the devil, who worketh with 
strong though secret power in the chil- 
dren of unbelief. — All the works of our 
evil nature are the work of the devil. — 
/. Wesley. 

What, man! Defy the devil! Con- 
sider he's an enemy to mankind. — 

He who would fight the devjl with his 
own weapons, must not wonder if he 
finds him an overmatch. — South. 

The devil knoweth his own, and is a 
particularly bad paymaster. — F. M. 

The devil has at least one good qual- 
ity, that he will flee if we resist him. — 
Though cowardly in him, it is safety for 
us. — Tryon Edwards. 

Talk of devils being confined to hell, 
or hidden by invisibility! — We have 
them by shoals in the crowded towns and 
cities of the world. — Talk of raising the 
devil! — What need for that, when he is 
constantly walking to and fro in our 
streets, seeking whom he may devour. — 

DEVOTION.— All is holy where devo- 
tion kneels. — 0. W. Holmes. 

The most illiterate man who is 
touched with devotion, and uses frequent 
exercises of it, contracts a certain great- 
ness of mind, mingled with a noble 
simplicity, that raises him above others 
of the same condition. By this, a man 
in the lowest condition will not appear 
mean, or in the most splendid fortune 
insolent. — Johnson. 

The private devotions and secret of- 
fices of religion are like the refreshing 

of a garden with the distilling and petty 
drops of a waterpot; but addressed from 
the temple, they are like rain from 
heaven. — Jeremy Taylor. 

Satan rocks the cradle when we sleep 
at our devotions. — Bp. Hall. 

It is of the utmost importance to 
season the passions of the young with 
devotion, which seldom dies in the mind 
that has received an early tincture of it. 
Though it may seem extinguished for 
a while by the cares of the world, the 
heats _ of youth, or the allurements of 
vice, it generally breaks out and discov- 
ers itself again as soon as discretion, 
consideration, age, or misfortunes have 
brought the man to himself. The fire 
may be covered and overlaid but can- 
not be entirely quenched and smothered. 
— Addison. 

All the duties of religion are emi- 
nently solemn and venerable in the 
eyes of children. But none will so 
strongly prove the sincerity of the par- 
ent; none so powerfully awaken the 
reverence of the child; none so happily 
recommend the instruction he receives, 
as family devotions, particularly those 
in which petitions for the children oc- 
cupy a distinguished place. — Dwight. 

The secret heart is devotion's temple ; 
there the saint lights the flame of pur- 
est sacrifice, which burns unseen but not 
unaccepted. — Hannah More. 

The inward sighs of humble penitence 
rise to the ear of heaven, when pealed 
hymns are scattered to the common air. 
— Joanna Baillie. 

Solid devotions resemble the rivers 
which run under the earth — they steal 
from the eyes of the world to seek the 
ej^es of God; and it often happens that 
those of whom we speak least on earth, 
are best known in heaven. — Caussin. 

The best and sweetest flowers in para- 
dise, God gives to his people when they 
are on their knees in the closet. — 
Prayer, if not the very gate of heaven, is 
the key to let us into its holiness and 
joys. — T. Brooks. 

Once I sought a time and place for 
solitude and prayer; but now where'er 
I find thy face I find a closet there. 

DEW. — The dews of evening — those 
tears of the sky for the loss of the sun. 
— Chesterfield. 




Stars of the morning — dew-drops — 
which the sun impearls on every leaf 
and flower. — Milton. 

Dew-drops — nature's tears, which she 
sheds on her own breast for the fair 
which die. — The sun insists on gladness; 
but at night, when he is gone, poor na- 
ture loves to weep. — Bailey. 

Dew-drops are the gems of morning, 
but the tears of mournful eve. — Cote- 

Earth's liquid jewelry, wrought of the 
air. — Bailey. 

DICE. — I look upon every man as a 
suicide from the moment he takes the 
dice-box desperately in his hand; all 
that follows in his career from that 
fatal time is only sharpening the dagger 
before he strikes it to his heart. — Cum- 

I never hear the rattling of dice that 
it does not sound to me like the funeral 
bell of the whole family. — J err old. 

The best throw with the dice, is to 
throw them away. — Old Proverb. 

DIET. — Regimen is better than 
physic. Every one should be his own 
physician. — We should assist, not force 
nature. — Eat with moderation what you 
know by experience agrees with your 
constitution. — Nothing is good for the 
body but what we can digest. — What 
can procure digestion? — Exercise. — What 
will recruit strength? — Sleep. — What will 
alleviate incurable evils? — Patience. — 

In general, mankind, since the im- 
provement of cookery, eat twice as much 
as nature requires. — Franklin. 

All courageous animals are carnivo- 
rous, and greater courage is to be ex- 
pected in a people whose food is strong 
and hearty, than in the half-starved of 
other countries. — Sir W. Temple. 

Food improperly taken, not only pro- 
duces diseases, but affords those that 
are already engendered both matter and 
sustenance; so that, let the father of 
disease be what it may, intemperance is 
its mother. — Burton. 

Simple diet is best; for many dishes 
bring many diseases; and rich sauces are 
worse than even heaping several meats 
upon each other. — Pliny. 

The chief pleasure in eating does not 
consist in costly seasoning, or exquisite 

flavor, but in yourself. Do you seek for 
sauce by labor? — Horace. 

If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, 
use fasting and walking; if a healthful 
soul, fasting and praying. — Walking ex- 
ercises the bod}'; praying exercises the 
soul; fasting cleanses both. — Quarles. 

One meal a day is enough for a lion, 
and it ought to be for a man. — G. For- 

A fig for your bill of fare; show me 
your bill of company. — Swift. 

DIFFERENCE. — It is remarkable 
that men, when they differ in what they 
think considerable, are apt to differ in 
almost everything else. Their difference 
begets contradiction; contradiction be- 
gets heat; heat rises into resentment, 
rage, and ill-will. — Thus they differ in 
affection, as they differ in judgment, and 
the contention which began in pride, 
ends in anger. — Cato. 

In all differences consider that both 
you and 3 r our opponent or enemy are 
mortal, and that ere long your very 
memories will be extinguished. — Aurel. 

If men would consider not so much 
wherein they differ, as wherein they 
agree, there would be far less of un- 
charitableness and angry feeling in the 
world . — A ddison . 

DIFFICULTY.— What is difficulty?— 
Only a word indicating the degree of 
strength requisite for accomplishing par- 
ticular objects; a mere notice of the 
necessity for exertion; a bugbear to 
children and fools; only a stimulus to 
men. — Samuel Warren. 

It has been the glory of the great 
masters in all arts to confront and to 
overcome ; and when they had overcome 
the first difficulty, to turn it into an 
instrument for new conquests over new 
difficulties; thus to enable them to ex- 
tend the empire of science. 

Difficulty is a severe instructor, set, 
over us by the Supreme guardian and 
legislator, who knows us better than we 
know ourselves, and loves us better too. 
— He that wrestles with us strengthens 
our nerves and sharpens our skill. — Our 
antagonist is our helper. — Burke. 

The greatest difficulties lie where we 
are not looking for them. — Goethe. 

The weak sinews become strong by 
their conflict with difficulties. — Hope is 
born in the long night of watching and 




tears. — Faith visits us in defeat and dis- 
appointment, amid the consciousness of 
earthly frailty and the crumbling tomb- 
stones of mortality. — E. H. Chapin. 

It is not every calamity that is a 
curse, and early adversity is often a 
blessing. — Surmounted difficulties not 
only teach, but hearten us in our future 
struggles. — Sharp. 

Difficulty is the soil in which all manly 
and womanly qualities best flourish; and 
the true worker, in any sphere, is con- 
tinually coping with difficulties. His 
very failures, throwing him upon his own 
resources, cultivate energy and resolu- 
tion; his hardships teach him fortitude; 
his successes inspire self-reliance. 

It cannot be too often repeated that 
it is not helps, but obstacles, not facili- 
ties, but difficulties that make men. — 
W. Mathews. 

Difficulties are God's errands; and 
when we are sent upon them we should 
esteem it a proof of God's confidence — 
as a compliment from him. — H. W. 

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as 
labor does the body. — Seneca. 

There is no merit where there is no 
trial; and till experience stamps the 
mark of strength, cowards may pass for 
heroes, and faith for falsehood. — A. Hill. 

The greater the obstacle, the more 
glory we have in overcoming it ; the 
difficulties with which we are met are 
the maids of honor which set off virtue. 
— Moliere. 

Difficulties show men what they are. 
— In case of any difficulty God has pitted 
you against a rough antagonist that you 
may be a conqueror, and this cannot be 
without toil. — Epictetus. 

Our energy is in proportion to the re- 
sistance it meets. — We attempt nothing 
great but from a sense of the difficulties 
we have to encounter; we persevere in 
nothing great but from a pride in over- 
coming them. — Hazlitt. 

There are difficulties in your path. — 
Be thankful for them. — They will test 
your capabilities of resistance; you will 
be impelled to persevere from the very 
energy of the opposition. — But what of 
him that fails? — What does he gain? — 
Strength for life. — The real merit is not 
in the success, but in the endeavor; and 

win or lose, he will be honored and 
crowned. — W. M. Punshon. 

DIFFIDENCE — Persons extremely 
reserved and diffident are like the old 
enamelled watches, which had painted 
covers that hindered you from seeing 
what time it was. — Walpole. 

We are as often duped by diffidence 
as by confidence. — Chesterfield. 

Diffidence may check resolution, and 
obstruct performance, but it compensates 
its embarrassments by more important 
advantages. — It conciliates the proud, 
and softens the severe ; averts envy from 
excellence, and censure from miscar- 
riage. — Johnson. 

Nothing sinks a young man into low 
company, both of men and women, so 
surely as timidity and diffidence of him- 
self. — If he thinks he shall not please, he 
may depend upon it that he will not. — 
But with proper endeavors to please, 
anda degree of persuasion that he shall, 
it is almost certain that he will. — 

One with more of soul in his face 
than words on his tongue. — Wordsworth. 

Have a proper self-respect and think 
less of what others may think of you, 
and it will aid you to overcome diffi- 
dence, and help you to self-possession 
and self-reliance. 

DIGNITY. — True dignity is never 
gained by place, and never lost when 
honors are withdrawn. — Massing er. 

Dignity of position adds to dignity of 
character, as well as to dignity of car- 
riage. — Give us a proud position, and 
we are impelled to act up to it. — 

Dignity consists not in possessing 
honors, but in the consciousness that we 
deserve them. — Aristotle. 

Lord Chatham and Napoleon were as 
much actors as Garrick or Talma. — An 
imposing air should always be taken as 
evidence of imposition. — Dignity is often 
a veil between us and the real truth of 
things. — E. P. Whipple. 

Dignity and love do not blend well, 
nor do they continue long together. — 

Most of the men of dignity, who awe 
or bore their more genial brethren, are 
simply men who possess the art of pass- 
ing off their insensibility for wisdom, 




their dullness for depth, and of conceal- 
ing imbecility of intellect under haughti- 
ness of manner. — E. P. Whipple. 

DILIGENCE.— What we hope ever to 
do with ease, we must learn first to do 
with diligence. — Johnson. 

The expectations of life depend upon 
diligence; the mechanic that would per- 
fect his work must first sharpen his 
tools. — Confucius. 

Diligence is the mother of good luck, 
and God gives all things to industry. 
Work while it is called to-day, for you 
know not how much you may be hin- 
dered to-morrow. One to-day is worth 
two to-morrows; never leave that till 
to-moiTow which you can do to-day. — 

Who makes quick use of the moment, 
is a genius of prudence. — Lavater. 

He who labors diligently need never 
despair; for all things are accomplished 
by diligence and labor. — Menander. 

In all departments of activity, to have 
one thing to do, and then to do it, is 
the secret of success. 

DINNER. — A dinner lubricates busi- 
ness. — Stowell. 

Before dinner, men meet with great 
inequality of understanding, and those 
who are conscious of their inferiority 
have the modesty not to talk: when 
they have drunk wine, every man feels 
himself happy, and loses that modesty, 
and grows impudent and vociferous; but 
he is not improved; he is only not 
sensible of his defects. — Johnson. 

A good dinner sharpens wit, while it 
softens the heart. — Doran,. 

The pleasant talk of the dinner table 
promotes digestion, and prevents the 
mind from dwelling on the grinding of 
the digestive mill that is going on within 
us. — The satisfaction and repose that 
follow a full meal tend to check a dis- 
position to splenetic argument, or too 
miuch zeal in supporting an opinion, 
while the freedom and abandon of the 
intercourse kept up is eminently con- 
ducive to the feelings of general benevo- 
lence. — Jerdan. 

DIRT. — "Ignorance," says Ajax, "is a 
painless evil." — So, I should think, is 
dirt, considering the merry faces that go 
along with it. — George Eliot. 

Dirt is not dirt, but only something 

in the wrong place. — Lord Palmerston. 
pointment of manhood succeeds to the 
delusion of youth. — Disraeli. 

No man, with a man's heart in him, 
gets far on his way without some bitter, 
soul-searching disappointment. — Happy 
he who is brave enough to push on an- 
other stage of" the journey, and rest 
where there are " living springs of water, 
and three-score and ten palms." — Brown. 

The best enjoyment is half disappoint- 
ment to what we intend or would have 
in this world. — Bailey. 

Oft expectation fails, and most oft 
where most it promises; and oft it hits 
where hope is coldest, and despair most 
sits. — Shakespeare. 

How disappointment tracks the steps 
of hope. — L. E. Landon. 

He who expects much will be often 
disappointed; yet disappointment sel- 
dom cures us of expectation, or has any 
other effect than that of producing a 
moral sentence or peevish exclamation. 
— Johnson. 

In the light of eternity we shall see 
that what we desired would have been 
fatal to us, and that what we would have 
avoided was essential to our well-being. 
— Fenelon. 

Man must be disappointed with the 
lesser things of life before he can com- 
prehend the full value of the greater. — 

There is many a thing which the 
world calls disappointment, but there is 
no such a word in the dictionary of 
faith. What to others are disappoint- 
ments are to believers intimations of the 
way of God. — John Newton. 

Mean, spirits under disappointment, 
like small beer in a thunder-storm, al- 
ways turn sour. — John Randolph. 

An old man once said, " When I was 
young, I was poor; when old, I became 
rich; but in each condition I found 
disappointment. — When I had the facul- 
ties for enjoyment, I had not the means; 
when the means came, the faculties were 
gone." — Mad. Gasjmrin. 

We mount to heaven mostly on the 
ruins of our cherished schemes, finding 
our failures were successes. — A. B. Alcott. 

It is sometimes of God's mercy that 
men in the eager pursuit of worldly ag- 




grandizement are baffled; for they are 
very like a train going down an inclined 
plane — putting on the brake is not 
pleasant, but it keeps the car on the 
track and from ruin. — H. W. Beecher. 

Life often seems like a long shipwreck 
of which the debris are friendship, glory, 
and love. — The shores of existence are 
strewn with them. — Mad. de Stael. 

DISCERNMENT.— After a spirit of 
discernment, the next rarest things in 
the world are diamonds and pearls. — 

To succeed in the world, it is much 
more necessary to possess the penetra- 
tion to discern who is a fool, than to dis- 
cover who is a clever man. — Talleyrand. 

Penetration or discernment has an air 
of divination; it pleases our vanity more 
than any other quality of the mind. — 

The idiot, the Indian, the child, and 
the unschooled farmer's boy stand nearer 
to the light by which nature is to be 
read, than the dissector or the antiquary. 
— Emerson. 

DISCIPLINE.— A stern discipline per- 
vades all nature, which is a little cruel 
that it may be very kind. — Spenser. 

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no 
throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no 
crown. — Perm. 

A man in old age is like a sword in a 
shop window. — Men that look upon the 
perfect blade do not imagine the process 
by which it was completed. — Man is a 
sword; daily life is the workshop; and 
God is the artificer; and those cares 
which beat upon the anvil, and file the 
edge, and eat in, acid-like, the inscrip- 
tion on the hilt — those are the very 
things that fashion the man. — H. W. 

The discipline which corrects the base- 
ness of worldly passions, fortifies the 
heart with virtuous principles, enlightens 
the mind with useful knowledge, and 
furnishes it with enjoyment from within 
itself, is of more consequence to real 
felicity, than all the provisions we can 
make of the goods of fortune. — Blair. 

DISCONTENT. — Discontent is the 
want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of 
will. — Emerson. 

Our condition never satisfies us; the 
present is always the worst. — Though Ju- 

piter should grant his request to each, 
we should continue to importune him. — 

Noble discontent is the path to 
heaven. — T. W. Higginson. 

Discontent is like ink poured into 
water, which fills the whole fountain full 
of blackness. It casts a cloud over the 
mind, and renders it more occupied 
about the evil which disquiets than 
about the means of removing it. — Felt- 

The root of all discontent is self-love. 
—J. F. Clarke. 

The more self is indulged the more it 
demands, and, therefore, of all men the 
selfish are the most discontented. 

All human situations have their incon- 
veniences. — We feel those of the present, 
but neither see nor feel those of the 
future; and hence we often make 
troublesome changes without amend- 
ment, and frequently for the worse. — 

The best remedy for our discontent is 
to count our mercies. By the time we 
have reckoned up a part of these, we 
shall be on our knees praising the Lord 
for His great mercy and love. — The 

We love in others what we lack our- 
selves, and would be everything but 
what we are. — C. A. Stoddard. 

Discontent may be a very good thing, 
or a very bad. — There is a discontent 
that is divine; that has its birth in the 
highest and purest inspiration that visits 
and stirs the soul. — All the discontent 
which grows from dissatisfaction with 
present attainments, or springs from a 
desire for higher usefulness, or that im- 
pels to the worthy achievement of an 
honorable name or place, is a noble dis- 
content, and to be visited with blessings. 
— But the discontent that comes from 
below — from a soul disgusted with its 
lot, and faithless to God, and out of 
harmony with the arrangements and 
operations of providence, is evil, and 
only evil continually. — One tends to the 
development of a symmetrical, strong, 
and harmonious character; the other to 
an evil temper, and a complaining spirit, 
and a rebellious heart. — One is of 
heaven; the other of hell. — H. W. 

That which makes people dissatisfied 




with their condition, is the chimerical 
idea they form of the happiness of 
others. — Thomson. 

Discontents are sometimes the better 
part of our life. — I know not which is 
the most useful. — Joy I may choose for 
pleasure; but adversities are the best for 
profit; and sometimes these do so far 
help me, that I should, without them, 
want much of the joy I have. — Feltham. 

A good man and a wise man may, at 
times, be angry with the world, and at 
times grieved for it; but no man was 
ever discontented with the world if he 
did his duty in it. — Southey. 

Save me from impious discontent at 
aught thy wisdom has denied or thy 
goodness has lent. — Pope. 

DISCOVERY. — A new principle is an 
inexhaustible source of new views. — 

It is a mortifying truth, and ought to 
teach the wisest of us humility, that 
many of the most valuable discoveries 
have been the result of chance rather 
than of contemplation, and of accident 
rather than of design. — Cohort. 

If I have ever made any valuable dis- 
coveries, it has been owing more to 
patient attention, than to any other 
talent. — Sir Isaac Newton. 

It is a profound mistake to think that 
everything has been discovered; as well 
think the horizon the boundary of the 
world . — Lemierre . 

He who sins against men, may fear 
discovery; but he who sins against God 
is sure of it. 

Through eveiy rift of discovery some 
seeming anomaly drops out of the dark- 
ness, and falls, as a golden link, into 
the great chain of order. — E. H. Chapin. 

It is the modest, not the presumptu- 
ous inquirer, who makes a real and safe 
progress in the discovery of divine 
truths. — He follows God in his works 
and in his word. — Bolingbroke. 

DISCRETION. — The greatest parts, 
without discretion, may be fatal to their 
owner. — Polyphemus, deprived of his 
eye, was only the more exposed on ac- 
count of his enormous strength and 
stature. — Hume. 

Be discreet in all things, and so render 
it unnecessary to be mysterious about 
any. — Wellington. 

There are many shining qualities in 
the mind of man; but none so useful as 
discretion. It is this which gives a value 
to all the rest, and sets them at work in 
their proper places, and turns them to 
the advantage of their possessor. With- 
out it, learning is pedantry; wit, im- 
pertinence; virtue itself looks like 
weakness ; and the best parts only qualify 
a man to be more sprightly in errors, and 
active to his own prejudice. Though a 
man has all other perfections and wants 
discretion, he will be of no great conse- 
quence in the world; but if he has this 
single talent in perfection, and but a 
common share of others, he may do what 
he pleases in his station of life. — Addi- 

Discretion in speech, is more than elo- 
quence . — Bacon. 

Open 3'our mouth and purse cau- 
tiously, and your stock of wealth and 
reputation shall, at least in repute, be 
great. — Zimmerman. 

A sound discretion is not so much in- 
dicated by never making a mistake, as 
by never repeating it. — Bovee. 

The better part of valor is discretion, 
in the which better part I have saved 
my life. — Shakespeare. 

Discretion is the perfection of reason, 
and a guide to us in all the duties of 
life. — It is only found in men of sound 
sense and good understanding. — Bruyere. 

Discretion is the salt, and fancy the 
sugar of life; the one preserves, the 
other sweetens it. — Bovee. 

If thou art a master, be sometimes 
blind, if a servant, sometimes deaf. — 

DISCUSSION.— Free and fair discus- 
sion will ever be found the firmest friend 
to truth. — G. Campbell. 

It is an excellent rule to be observed 
in all discussions, that men should give 
soft words and hard arguments; that 
they should not so much strive to silence 
or vex, as to convince their opponents. 
— Wilkins. 

He who knows only his own side of 
the case, knows little of that. — /. Stuart 

He that is not open to conviction, is 
not qualified for discussion. — Whately. 

Whosoever is afraid of submitting any 
question, civil or religious, to the test 




of free (lieu -ion, is more ID love with 
his own opinion than with truth. — T. 


Understand your antagonist before 
you answer him. 

The more discussion the better, if 
■ in ; 1 1 j r J personality be eschewed. 
Discussion, even if stormy, often win- 
nows truth from error— a good never to 
be expected in an uninquiring age. — 

There is no dispute managed without 
passion, and yet there is scarce a dis- 
pute worth a passion. — Sherlock. 

There is nothing displays the quick- 
of genius more than a dispute — as 
two diamonds, encountering, contribute 
to each other's lustre.- I'm perhaps the 
odds is against the man of taste in this 
pari icular. — Shenstone. 

The pain of dispute exceeds, by much, 
its utility. — All disputation makes the 
mind deaf, and when people are deaf 
I am dumb. — Joubert. 

Gratuitous violence in argument be- 
trays a conscious weakness of the cause, 
and is usually a signal of despair. — 

Men are never so likely to settle a 
question rightly, as when they discuss it 

freely .- M <u onlay. 

In debate, rather pull to pieces the 
argument of thine antagonist, than offer 

him any of thine own; for thus thou 
will fight hint in his own count ry.— 


Tf thou take delight in idle argumen- 
tation, thou mayest he qualified to com- 

bal with the sophists, but will never 

know how to live with men. — Socrah . 

Reply with wit to gravity, and with 
gravity to wit. — Make a full cone 
to your adversary; give him every 
credit for the arguments you know you 
can answer, and slur over those you feel 
you cannot. — But above nil, if he have 
the privilege of making his reply, take 
especial care that the strongest thing 
you have to urge bo the last. — Colton. 

Do not use thyself to dispute! against 
thine own judgment to show thy wit, 

lest it prepare thee to be indifferent 

about wlint is right; nor against another 
man to vex him, or for mere trial of 

skill, since to inform or be informed 

ought to he the end of all conferences. 

— Pcnv. 

It is in dispute,, as in armies, when: 
the weaker side gets up false lights, and 
makes a great noise to make the enemy 
believe them more numerous and strong 

than they really are. — Swift. 

DISEASE— The disease and its medi- 
cine are like two factions in a besieged 
town; they tear one another to pi 
hut both unite against their common 
enemy — Nature. — Jeffrey. 

Diseaset are the penalties we pay for 
over indulgence, or for our neglect of 
the means of health. 

In these days half our diseases come 
from the neglect of the body, and the 
over work of the brain. — In this railway 
age the wear and tear of labor and in- 
tellect go on without pause or self-pity. 

We live longer than our forefathers; 
hut we suffer more, from ;i thousand 
artificial anxieties and cares. — They 
fatigued only the muscles; we exhausi 
the finer strength of the nerves. — Iivl- 

Taking medicine is often only making 

.1 new disease to cure or hide the old 


It is with disease of the mind, as with 
those of the body; we are half dead 

before we understand our disorder, and 

half cured when we do. — Colton. 

Sickness and disease are in weak minds 
the sources of melancholy; but that 
which is painful to the body, may be 
profitable to the soul. Sickness puts us 
in mind of our mortality, and, while wo 
drive on heedlessly in the full career of 
worldly pomp and jollity, kindly pulls 

us by the ear, and brings us to a proper 
sense of our duty. — Burton. 

DISGRACE.— Disgrace is not in the 
punishment, but in the crime. — Alficri. 

Among the numberless contradictions 
in our nature hardly any is more glaring 

than this, between our sensitiveness to 
the slightest disgrace which we fancy 
cast upon US from without and our 
callousness tf) the grossest, which we 
bring down on ourselves. In truth, they 
who are most sensitive to the one are 
often the most callous to the other. — 
Guesses at Truth. 

Do not talk about disgrace from a 
thing being known, when the disgrace is, 
thai the thing should exist. — Falconer, 

Whatever disgrace we may have de- 
served or incurred, it is almost always in 




our power to re-establish our character. 
— Rochefoucauld. 

DISGUISE. — Men would not live 
long in society, were they not the mu- 
tual dupes of each other. — Rochefou- 

Disguise yourself as you may to your 
ffl low-men, if you are honest with your- 
self conscience will make known your 
real character, and the heart-searching 
one always knows it. — Payson. 

Were we to take as much pains to be 
what we ought to be, as we do to dis- 
guise what we really are, we might ap- 
pear like ourselves without being at the 
trouble of any disguise whatever. — 

DISHONESTY. — Dishonesty is a 
forsaking of permanent for temporary 
advantages. — Bovee. 

I have known a vast quantity of non- 
sense talked about bad men not looking 
you in the face. — Don't trust thai idea. 
— Dishonesty will stare honesty out of 
countenance any day in the week, if 
there is anything to be got by it. — 

He who purposely cheats his friend, 
would cheat his God. — Lavaler. 

Every man takes care that his neigh- 
bor shall not cheat him. But a day 
comes when he begins to care that he 
do not cheat his neighbor. Then all 
goes well. Be has changed his market- 
cart into a chariot of the sun. — Kmer- 

That which is won ill, will never wear 
well, for there is a curse attends it 
which will waste it. — The same corrupt 
dispositions which incline men to sinful 
ways of getting, will incline them to the 
like sinful ways of spending. — M. Henry. 

If you attempt to beat a man down 
and so get his goods for less than a 
fair price, you are attempting to com- 
mit burglary as much as though you 
broke into his shop to take the things 
without paying for them. — There' is 
cheating on both sides of the counter, 
and generally less brhind it than be- 
fore. — //. W. Beecher. 

So grasping is dishonesty, that it is no 
respecter of persons; it will cheat friends 
as well as foes; and were it possible, 
would cheat even God himself. — Ban- 

I could never draw the line between 

meanness and dishonesty. — What is 
mean, so far as I can see, slides by in- 
distinguishable gradations into what is 
dishonest .- — O. Macdonald. 

the world hold that it is impossible to 
do a benevolent action, except from an 
interested motive; for the sake of ad- 
miration, if for no grosser and more 
tangible gain. Doubtless they are also 
convinced] that, when the sun is shower- 
ing light from the sky, he is only stand- 
ing there to be stared at. — Anon. 

The slightest emotion of disinterested 
kindness that passes through the mind 
improves and refreshes it, producing 
generous thought and noble feeling. — 
We should cherish kind wishes, for a 
time may come when we may be able 
to put them in practice. — Miss Mitjord. 

Love thyself last. — Cherish the hearts 
that hate thee. — Be just, arid fear not. — 
Let all the ends thou aimest at be thy 
country's, thy Gods, and truth's; thru 
if thou fallest, thou fallest a blessed 
martyr. — Shakespeare. 

DISOBEDIENCE. — Wherever there 
IS authority, there is a natural inclina- 
tion to disobedience. — Halihurton. 

Rogues differ little. Each begun first 
i disobedient son. — Chinese Proverb. 

That men so universally disobey God 
bespeaks alienation and enmity of mind, 
for as obedience proceeds from love so 
disobedience proceeds from enmity. — 
John Howe. 

Disobedient children, if preserved from 
the gallows, arc reserved for the rack, to 
be tortured by their own posterity. — 
One complaining, that never father had 
so undutiful a child as he had, yes, said 
his son, with less grace than truth, my 
grandfather had. — Fuller. 

DISPATCH.— Dispatch is the soul of 
business. — ChesterfU id. 

True dispatch is a rich thing, for time 
is the measure of business, as money is 
of wares; and business is bought at a 
dear hand where there is small dispatch. 
— Bacon. 

Use dispatch. — Remember that the 
world only took six days for its oration. 
— Ask me for whatever you please ex- 
cept time; that is the only thing which 
is beyond my power. — Napoleon. 

To choose time is to save time. — 




There be three parts of business — the 
preparation, the debate or examination, 
and the perfection; whereof if you look 
for dispatch let the middle only be the 
work of many and the first and last the 
work of few. — Bacon. 

If it were done when it is done then 
it were well it were done quickly. — 

Our only safe rule is, " Whatsoever our 
hand findeth to do, to do it with all our 
might." — Let it be a subject of daily 
prayer, as well as an object of daily en- 
deavor, to do our right work at the 
right time. — N. Macleod. 

Measure not dispatch by the times of 
sitting, but by the advancement of busi- 
ness. — Bacon. 

DISPOSITION.— A good disposition 
is more valuable than gold ; for the latter 
is the gift of fortune, but the former is 
the dower of nature. — Addison. 

The most phlegmatic dispositions 
often contain the most inflammable 
spirits, as fire is struck from the hardest 
flints. — Hazlitt. 

The man who has so little knowledge 
of human nature as to seek happiness 
by changing anything but his own dis- 
positions, will waste his life in fruitless 
efforts, and multiply the griefs which he 
proposes to remove. — Colton. 

Envy's memory is nothing but a row 
of hooks to hang up grudges on. Some 
people's sensibility is a mere bundle of 
aversions; and you hear them display 
and parade it, not in recounting the 
things they are attached to, but in tell- 
ing you how many things and persons 
" they cannot bear." — John Foster. 

A tender-hearted, compassionate dis- 
position, which inclines men to pity and 
to feel the misfortunes of others, and 
which is incapable of involving any man 
in ruin and misery, is, of all tempers of 
mind, the most amiable; and though it 
seldom receives much honor, is worthy 
of the highest. — Fielding. 

There is no security in a good dis- 
position if the support of good prin- 
ciples, that is to say, of religion — of 
Christian faith, be wanting. — It may be 
soured by misfortune, corrupted by 
wealth, blighted by neediness, and lose 
all its original brightness, if destitute of 
that support. — Southey. 

DISSIMULATION.— Dissimulation is 
but a faint kind of policy or wisdom, for 
it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart 
to know when to tell the truth, and to 
do it: therefore it is the weaker of 
politicians that are the greatest dis- 
semblers. — Bacon. 

Dissimulation in youth is the fore- 
runner of perfidy in old age. — It de- 
grades parts and learning, obscures the 
luster of every accomplishment, and 
sinks us into contempt. — The path of 
falsehood is a perplexing maze. — One 
artifice leads on to another, till, as the 
intricacy of the labyrinth increases, we 
are left entangled in our own snare. — 

Dissimulation is often humble, often 
polished, grave, smooth, decorous; but 
it is rarely gay and jovial, a hearty 
laugher, or a merry, cordial, boon com- 
panion. — Bulwer. 

Dissimulation is ever productive of 
embarrassment; whether the design is 
evil or not, artifice is always dangerous 
and almost inevitably disgraceful. The 
best and safest policy is never to have 
recourse to deception, to avail yourself 
of quirks, or to practice low cunning, but 
to prove yourself in every circumstance 
of life upright and sincere. This system 
is that which noble minds will adopt, 
and the dictates of an enlightened and 
superior understanding would be suffi- 
cient to insure its adoption. — Bruyere. 

DISSIPATION.— Dissipation is abso- 
lutely a labor when the round of Vanity 
fair has been once made; but fashion 
makes us think lightly of the toil, and 
we describe the circle as mechanically as 
a horse in a mill. — Zimmerman. 

There is a dissipation of thought and 
feeling, as well of bodily energies; and 
the latter is as wasteful and ruinous to 
the mind and heart, as the former is to 
the health and strength of the body. — 
Dreamy reveries, desultory reading, un- 
regulated and scattering thought, plans 
formed without reason, or never carried 
out to wise results, are as truly dissipa- 
tion of the soul as the wildest revelries 
and indulgences are of the body. 

DISTANCE.— Distance lends enchant- 
ment to the view. — Campbell. 

Distance sometimes endears friendship. 
and absence sweeteneth it — for separa- 
tion from those we love shows us, by the 




loss, their real value and dearness to us. 
— Howell. 

Wishes, like painted landscapes, best 
delight while distance recommends them. 
— Afar off they appear beautiful; but 
near, they show their coarse and ordi- 
nary colors. — Yalden. 

Sweetest melodies are those that are 
by distance made more sweet. — Words- 

Glories, like glow-worms afar off, shine 
bright, but looked at near have neither 
heat nor light. — J. Webster. 

Distance in truth produces in idea the 
same effect as in real perspective. — Ob- 
jects are softened, rounded, and rendered 
doubly graceful. — The harsher and more 
ordinary points of character are melted 
down, and those by which it is remem- 
bered are the more striking outlines that 
mark sublimity, grace, or beauty. — 
There are mists, too, as in the natural 
horizon, to conceal what is less pleasing 
in distant objects; and there are happy 
lights, to stream in full glory upon those 
points which can profit by brilliant il- 
lumination. — Walter Scott. 

DISTINCTION. — You may fail to 
shine in the opinion of others both in 
your conversation and actions, from be- 
ing superior, as well as inferior to them. 
— Greville. 

Talent and worth are the only eternal 
grounds of distinction. — To these the Al- 
mighty has affixed his everlasting patent 
of nobility, and these it is which make 
the bright immortal names to which our 
children, as well as others, may aspire. 
— Miss Sedgwick. 

All our distinctions are accidental. — 
Beauty and deformity, though personal 
qualities, are neither entitled to praise 
or censure; yet it so happens that they 
color our opinion of those qualities to 
which mankind have attached impor- 
tance. — Zimmerman. 

How men long for celebrity ! — Some 
would willingly sacrifice their lives for 
fame, and not a few would rather be 
known by their crimes than not known 
at all. — Sinclair. 

DISTRUST. — A certain amount of 
distrust is wholesome, but not so much 
of others as of ourselves. — Neither van- 
ity nor conceit can exist in the same 
atmosphere with it. — Mad. Neckar. 

Excessive distrust of others is not less 

hurtful than its opposite. — Most men be- 
come useless to him who is unwilling to 
risk being deceived. — Vauvenargues. 

The feeling of distrust is always the 
last which a great mind acquires. — 

Nothing is more certain of destroying 
any good feelings that may be cherished 
toward us than to show distrust. — On 
the contrary confidence leads us natu- 
rally to act kindly; we are affected by 
the good opinion others entertain of us, 
and are not easily induced to lose it. — 
Mad. Sevinge. 

As health lies in labor, and there is no 
royal road to it but through toil, so there 
is no republican road to safety but in 
constant distrust. — Wendell Phillips. 

What loneliness is more lonely than 
distrust? — George Eliot. 

Self-distrust is the cause of most of 
our failures. In the assurance of 
strength, there is strength, and they are 
the weakest, however strong, who have 
no faith in themselves or their own 
powers. — Bovee. 

To think and feel we are able, is often 
to be so. — J. Hawes. 

DIVERSION.— (See "Amusement.") 

Diversions are most properly applied 
to ease and relieve those who are op- 
pressed by being too much employed. 
Those that are idle have no need of 
them, and yet they, above all others, 
give themselves up to them. — To unbend 
our thoughts when they are too much 
stretched by our cares is not more 
natural than it is necessary; but to turn 
our whole life into a holiday is not only 
ridiculous, but destroys pleasure instead 
of increasing it. — Saville. 

Let the world have whatever sports 
and recreations please them best, pro- 
vided they be followed with discretion. 
— Burton. 

DOCILITY.— A docile disposition will, 
with application, surmount every diffi- 
culty. — Manilius . 

Willingness to be taught what we do 
not know, is the sure pledge of growth 
both in knowledge and wisdom. — Blair. 

DOCTRINE.— Doctrine is the neces- 
sary foundation of duty; if the theory is 
not correct, the practice cannot be right. 
— Tell me what a man believes, and I 




will tell you what he* will do. — Try on 

Say what men may, it is doctrine that 
moves the world. He who takes no 
position will not sway the human intel- 
lect.— W. G. T. Shedd. 

The question is not whether a doctrine 
is beautiful but whether it is true. — 
When we wish to go to a place, we do 
not ask whether the road leads through 
a pretty country, but whether it is the 
right road. — Hare. 

Doctrine is the framework of life — 
the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and 
rounded out by the living grace of a 
holy life. — A. J. Gordon. 

The doctrine that rectifies the con- 
science, purines the heart, and produces 
love to God and man, is necessarily true, 
whether men can comprehend all its 
depths and relations or not. — If it de- 
stroys sin, and makes happiness grow 
out of right living and right loving, it is 
the truth of God.—/. B. Walker. 

Pure doctrine always bears fruit in 
pure benefits. — Emerson. 

He that shall broach any doctrine that 
cometh hot from God, whatsoever he 
say for it, or what gloss soever he set 
upon it, is a traitor to God though he 
were an angel from heaven. — Boston. 

DOGMATISM.— Nothing can be more 
unphilosophical than to be positive or 
dogmatical on any subject. — When men 
are the most sure and arrogant, they are 
commonly the most mistaken and have 
there given reins to passion without that 
proper deliberation and suspense which 
alone can secure them from the grossest 
absurdities. — Hume. 

A dogmatical spirit inclines a man to 
be censorious of his neighbors. — Every 
one of his opinions appears to him writ- 
ten as with sunbeams, and he grows 
angry that his neighbors do not see it 
in the same light. — He is tempted to 
disdain his correspondents as men of 
low and dark understanding because 
thev do not believe what he does. — 

It has been said of dogmatism, that 
it is only puppyism come to its full 
growth, and certainly the worst form 
this quality can assume is that of opin- 
ionativeness and arrogance. — S. Smiles. 

Those who differ most from the opin- 
ions of their fellow-men are the most 

confident of the truth of their own. — 

Those who refuse the long drudgery 
of thought, and think with the heart 
rather than the head, are ever most 
fiercely dogmatic. — Bayne. 

DOING WELL. — Whatever is worth 
doing at all, is worth doing well. — 

We do not choose our own parts in 
life, and have nothing to do with those 
parts. — Our duty is confined to playing 
them well. — Epictetus. 

Rest satisfied with doing well, and 
leave others to talk of you as they 
please. — Pythagoras. 

Thinking well is wise; planning well, 
wiser; doing well wisest and best of 
all. — Persian Proverb. 

DOMESTIC — Domestic happiness— 
thou only bliss of paradise that has sur- 
vived the fall. — Cowper. 

Domestic happiness is the end of al- 
most all our pursuits, and the common 
reward of all our pains. — When men find 
themselves forever barred from this de- 
lightful fruition they are lost to all in- 
dustry, and grow careless of their 
worldly affairs. — Thus they become bad 
subjects, bad relations, bad friends, and 
bad men. — Fielding. 

A prince wants only the pleasures of 
private life to complete his happiness. — 

Domestic worth — that shuns too strong 
a light. — Lyttleton. 

Our notion of the perfect society em- 
braces the family as its center and orna- 
ment. — Nor is there a paradise planted 
till the children appear in the fore- 
ground to animate and complete the 
picture. — A. B. Alcott. 

No money is better spent than what 
is laid out for domestic satisfaction. — A 
man is pleased that his wife is dressed 
as well as other people, and the wife is 
pleased that she is so dressed. — Johnson. 

DOUBT. — A bitter and perplexed, 
"What shall I do?" is worse to man 
than worse necessity. — Coleridge. 

Modest doubt is called the beacon of 
the wise — the tent that searches to the 
bottom of the worst. — Shakespeare. 

In contemplation, if a man begins 
with certainties he shall end in doubts; 




but if he be content to begin with 
doubts, he shall end in certainties. — 

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in 
danger of becoming denial; but if hon- 
est, and bent on thorough investigation, 
it may soon lead to full establishment 
in the truth. — Try on Edwards. 

When you doubt, abstain. — Zoroaster. 
Human knowledge is the parent of 
doubt. — Greville. 

Man was not made to question, but 
adore. — Young. 

We know accurately only when we 
know little; with knowledge doubt in- 
creases. — Goethe. 

When a doubt is propounded, learn to 
distinguish, and show wherein a thing 
holds, and wherein it doth not hold. 
The not distinguishing where things 
should be distinguished, and the not con- 
founding, where things should be con- 
founded, is the cause of all the mistakes 
in the world. — Selden. 

The doubter's dissatisfaction with his 
doubt is as great and widespread as the 
doubt itself. — J. Dewitt. 

Doubt is the disease of this inquisitive, 
restless age. — It is the price we pay for 
our advanced intelligence and civiliza- 
tion — the dim night of our resplendent 
day. — But as the most beautiful light is 
born of darkness, so the faith that 
springs from conflict is often the strong- 
est and best. — R. Turnbull. 

There is no moral power in doubt, or 
in the denial of truth, and any human 
soul that tries to live on it will die, both 
morally and spiritually. — It is negative, 
and there is no life in it. 

The vain man is generally a doubter. 
— It is Newton who sees himself as a 
child on the seashore, and his discoveries 
in the colored shells. — Willmott. 

Our doubts are traitors, and make us 
lose the good we oft might win by fear- 
ing to attempt. — Shakespeare. 

Doubt is an incentive to search for 
truth, and patient inquiry leads the way 
to it. 

Who never doubted, never half be- 
lieved. — Where doubt is, there truth is 
— it is her shadow. — Bailey. 

In the hands of unbelief half-truths 
are made to do the work of whole false- 
hoods. — The sowing of doubts is the 

sowing of dragon's teeth, which ere long 
will sprout up into armed and hostile 
men. — E. B. Burr. 

There is no weariness like that which 
rises from doubting — from the perpetual 
jogging of unfixed reason. — The torment 
of suspense is very great; but as soon 
as the wavering, perplexed mind begins 
to determine, be the determination 
which way soever it may be, it will find 
itself at ease. — South. 

Beware of doubt — faith is the subtle 
chain that binds us to the infinite. — E. 
0. Smith. 

Misgive, that you may not mistake. — 

Doubt is almost a natural phase of 
life; but as certainly as it is natural, it 
is also temporary, unless it is unwisely 
wrought into conduct. — T. T. Munger. 

Doubt comes in at the window when 
inquiry is denied at the door. — Jowett. 

Uncertain ways unsafest are, and 
doubt a greater mischief than despair. 
— Denham. 

It is never worth while to suggest 
doubts in order to show how cleverly 
we can answer them. — Whately. 

The man who speaks his positive con- 
victions is worth a regiment of men who 
are always proclaiming their doubts and 

Never do anything concerning the rec- 
titude of which you have a doubt. — 

Doubt is the vestibule which all must 
pass before they can enter the temple of 
wisdom. — When we are in doubt and 
puzzle out the truth by our own exer- 
tions, we have gained something that 
will stay by us and will serve us again. 
— But if to avoid the trouble of the 
search we avail ourselves of the superior 
information of a friend, such knowledge 
will not remain with us; we have not 
bought, but borrowed it. — Colton. 

Doubt is brother devil to despair. — 


" If you are in doubt," says Talley- 
rand, " whether to write a letter or not 
— don't!" — And the advice applies to 
many doubts in life besides that of let- 
ter writing. — Bulwer. 

Knowledge and personality make 
doubt possible, but knowledge is also 
the cure of doubt; and when we get a 




full and adequate sense of personality 
we are lifted into a region where doubt 
is almost impossible, for no man can 
know himself as he is, and all the fulness 
of his nature, without also knowing God. 
— T. T. Munger. 

Give me the benefit of your convic- 
tions, if you have any, but keep your 
doubts to yourself, for I have enough of 
my own. — Goethe. 

The doubts of an honest man contain 
more moral truth than the profession of 
faith of people under a worldly yoke. — 

The end of doubt is the beginning of 
repose . — Pe trarch. 

Doubt is hell in the human soul. — 

DREAMS.— Children of the night, of 
indigestion bred. — Churchill. 

A world of the dead in the hues of 
life. — Mrs. Hemans. 

Dreams full oft are found of real 
events the forms and shadows. — Joanna 

We have in dreams no true percep- 
tion of time — a strange property of 
mind ! — for if such be also its property 
when entered into the eternal disem- 
bodied state, time will appear to us 
eternity! — The relations of space as 
well as of time are also annihilated, so 
that while almost an eternity is com- 
pressed into a moment, infinite space is 
traversed more swiftly than by real 
thought. — Winslow. 

We are somewhat more than ourselves 
in our sleeps, and the slumber of the 
body seems to be but the waking of the 
soul. — It is the litigation of sense, but 
the liberty of reason; and our waking 
conceptions do not match the fancies of 
our sleeps. — Sir. J. Browne. 

As dreams are the fancies of those 
that sleep, so fancies are but the dreams 
of those awake. — Blount. 

Dreaming is an act of pure imagina- 
tion, attesting in all men a creative 
power, which, if it were available in 
waking, would make every man a Dante 
or a Shakespeare. — Hedge. 

Let not our babbling dreams affright 
our souls. — Shakespeare. 

Nothing so much convinces me of the 
boundlessness of the human mind as its 
operations in dreaming. — Clulow. 

DRESS. — Dress has a moral effect 
upon the conduct of mankind. — Let any 
gentleman find himself with dirty boots, 
old surtout, soiled neckcloth, and a gen- 
eral negligence of dress, and he will, in 
all probability, find a corresponding dis- 
position in negligence of address. — Sir J. 

As you treat your body, so your house, 
your domestics, your enemies, your 
friends. — Dress is the table of your con- 
tents. — Lavater. 

Out of clothes, out of countenance; 
out of countenance, out of wit. — Ben 

A becoming decency of exterior may 
not be necessary for ourselves, but is 
agreeable to others; and while it may 
render a fool more contemptible, it 
serves to embellish inherent worth. — It 
is like the polish of the diamond, taking 
something perhaps from its weight, but 
adding much to its brilliancy. — David 
Paul Brown. 

The body is the shell of the soul, and 
dress the husk of that shell; bub the 
husk often tells what the kernel is. — 

Eat to please thyself, but dress to 
please others. — Franklin. 

An emperor in his night-cap would 
not meet with half the respect of an 
emperor with a crown. — Goldsmith. 

If honor be your clothing, the suit will 
last a lifetime; but if clothing be your 
honor, it will soon be worn threadbare. 
— Arnot. 

Had Cicero himself pronounced one of 
his orations with a blanket about his 
shoulders, more people would have 
laughed at his dress than admired his 
eloquence . — A ddison. 

As the index tells the contents of the 
book, and directs to the particular chap- 
ter, even so do the outward habit and 
garments, in man or woman, give us a 
taste of the spirit, and point to the in- 
ternal quality of the soul; and there 
cannot be a more evident and gross 
manifestation of poor, degenerate, dung- 
hilly blood and breeding, than a rude, 
unpolished, disordered, and slovenly out- 
side . — Massing er. 

As to matters of dress, I would recom- 
mend one never to be first in the fashion 
nor the last out of it. — J. Wesley. 




The medium between a fop and a 
sloven is what a man of sense would en- 
deavor to keep; yet one well advises 
his son to appear, in his habit, rather 
above than below his fortune; and tells 
him he will find a handsome suit of 
clothes always procures some additional 
respect. My banker ever bows lowest 
to me when I wear my full-bottomed 
wig ; and writes me " Mr." or " Esq." 
according as he sees me dressed. — Bud- 

The perfection of dress is in the union 
of three requisites — in its being com- 
fortable, cheap, and tasteful. — Bovee. 

Next to clothes being fine, they should 
be well made, and worn easily: for a 
man is only the less genteel for a fine 
coat, if, in wearing it, he shows a regard 
for it, and is not as easy in it as if it 
were a plain one. — Chesterfield. 

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, 
but not expressed in fancy; rich, but not 
gaudy, for the apparel oft proclaims the 
man. — Shakespeare. 

The plainer the dress with greater 
luster does beauty appear. — Virtue is the 
greatest ornament, and good sense the 
best equipage. — G. Saville. 

Beauty gains little, and homeliness 
and deformity lose much by gaudy at- 
tire. — Zimmerman. 

A fine coat is but a livery when the 
person who wears it discovers no higher 
sense than that of a footman. — Addison. 

No man is esteemed for gay garments, 
but by fools and women. — Sir W. 

The vanity of loving fine clothes and 
new fashions, and valuing ourselves by 
them, is one of the most childish pieces 
of folly.— Sir M. Hale. 

Be neither too early in the fashion, 
nor too long out of it, nor too precisely 
in it. — What custom hath civilized is 
become decent; till then, ridiculous. — 
Where the eye is the jury, thine apparel 
is the evidence. — Quarles. 

Dress yourself fine, where others are 
fine, and plain, where others are plain; 
but take care always that your clothes 
are well made and fit you, for other- 
wise they will give you a very awkward 
air. — Chesterfield. 

A gentleman's taste in dress is, upon 
principle, the avoidance of all things ex- 

travagant. — It consists in the quiet sim- 
plicity of exquisite neatness; but as the 
neatness must be a neatness in fashion, 
employ the best tailor; pay him ready 
money; and on the whole you will find 
him the cheapest. — Bulwer. 

A rich dress adds but little to the 
beauty of a person; it may possibly 
create a deference, but that is rather an 
enemy to love. — Shenstone. 

It is not every man that can afford to 
wear a shabby coat; and worldly wisdom 
dictates the propriety of dressing some- 
what beyond one's means, but of living 
within them, for every one sees how we 
dress, but none see how we live unless 
we choose to let them. — Colton. 

We sacrifice to dress till household 
jo3^s and comforts cease. Dress drains 
our cellar dry, and keeps our larder 
clean; puts out our fires, and introduces 
hunger, frost, and woe, where peace and 
hospitality might reign. — Cowper. 

In clothes clean and fresh there is a 
kind of youth with which age should 
surround itself. — Joubert. 

Too great carelessness, equally with 
excess in dress, multiplies the wrinkles 
of old age, and makes its decay more 
conspicuous. — Bruyere. 

In the indications of female poverty 
there can be no disguise. — No woman 
dresses below herself from caprice. — 

In civilized society external advan- 
tages make us more respected. — A man 
with a good coat on his back meets with 
a better reception than he who has a 
bad one. — You may analyze this and 
say, what is there in it? — But that will 
avail you nothing, for it is a part of a 
general system. — Johnson. 

Persons are often misled in regard to 
their choice of dress by attending to the 
beauty of colors, rather than selecting 
such colors as may increase their own 
beauty. — Shenstone. 

The only medicine which does women 
more good than harm, is dress. — Richter. 

Those who think that in order to dress 
well it is necessary to dress extrava- 
gantly or grandly, make a great mistake. 
— Nothing so well becomes true feminine 
beauty as simplicity. — G. D. Prentice. 

Two things in my apparel I will chiefly 
aim at — commodiousness and decency; 




more than these is not commendable; 
yet I hate an effeminate spruceness, as 
much as a fantastic disorder. — A neg- 
lected comeliness is the best ornament. 
■ — Anon. 

A loose and easy dress contributes 
much to give to both sexes those fine 
proportions of body that are observable 
in the Grecian statues, and which serve 
as models to our present artists. — Rous- 

The consciousness of clean linen is, in 
and of itself, a source of moral strength, 
second only to that of a clean conscience. 

DRINKING.— (See "Intemperance" 
and " Wine.") 

The first draught serveth for health, 
the second for pleasure, the third for 
shame, and the fourth for madness. — 

The Japanese say : " A man takes a 
drink, then the drink takes a drink, and 
the next drink takes the man." 

Some one commending Philip of Mace- 
don for drinking freely, " That," said 
Demosthenes, " is a good quality in a 
sponge, but not in a king." 

The maxim, " in vino Veritas — that a 
man who is well warmed with wine will 
speak truth," may be an argument for 
drinking, if you suppose men in general 
to be liars; but, sir, I would not keep 
company with a fellow, who lies as long 
as he is sober, and whom you must make 
drunk before you can get a word of 
truth out of him. — Johnson. 

The barroom as a bank: You deposit 
your money — and lose it; your time — ■ 
and lose it; your character — and lose 
it; your manly independence — and lose 
it; your home comfort — and lose it; 
your self-control — and lose it; your chil- 
dren's happiness — and lose it; your own 
soul — and lose it. 

Every moderate drinker could aban- 
don the intoxicating cup, if he would ; 
every inebriate would if he could. — /. B. 

Whisky is a good thing in its place. 
There is nothing like it for preserving 
a man when he is dead. If you want 
to keep a dead man, put him in whisky; 
if you want to kill a live man put 
whisky in him. — Guthrie. 

In the bottle, discontent seeks for com- 
fort; cowardice, for courage; bashful- 

ness, for confidence; sadness, for joy; 
and all find ruin! 

Strong drink is not only the devil's 
way into a man, but man's way to the 
devil. — Adam Clarke. 

DRUNKENNESS— (See "Intemper- 

Drunkenness is nothing else but a 
voluntary madness. — Seneca. 

All excess is ill; but drunkenness is 
of the worst sort. It spoils health, dis- 
mounts the mind, and unmans men. It 
reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, 
impudent, dangerous, and mad. He that 
is drunk is not a man, because he is 
void of reason that distinguishes a man 
from a beast. — Penn. 

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a 
sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which who- 
soever hath, hath not himself, which 
whosoever doth commit, doth not com- 
mit sin, but he himself is wholly sin. — 

Intoxicating drinks have produced 
evils more deadly, because more contin- 
uous, than all those caused to mankind 
by the great historic scourges of war, 
famine, and pestilence combined. — Glad- 

Drunkenness is the vice of a good con- 
stitution, or a bad memory; of a con- 
stitution so treacherously good, that it 
never bends till it breaks, or of a mem- 
ory that recollects the pleasures of get- 
ting intoxicated, but forgets the pains 
of getting sober. — Colton. 

Some of the domestic evils of drunk- 
enness are houses without windows, 
gardens without fences, fields without 
tillage, barns without roofs, children 
without clothing, principles, morals, or 
manners. — Franklin. 

All the armies on earth do not destroy 
so many of the human race, nor alienate 
so much property, as drunkenness. — Ba- 

Habitual intoxication is the epitome 
of every crime. — J err old. 

Let there be an entire abstinence from 
intoxicating drinks throughout this coun- 
try during the period of a single genera- 
tion, and a mob would be as impossible 
as combustion without oxygen. — Horace 

A drunkard is the annoyance of mod- 
esty; the trouble of civility; the spoil of 




wealth; the distraction of reason. He is 
the brewer's agent; the tavern and ale- 
house benefactor; the beggar's compan- 
ion; the constable's trouble; his wife's 
woe; his children's sorrow; his neigh- 
bor's scoff; his own shame. In short he 
is a tub of swill, a spirit of unrest, a 
thing below a beast, and a monster of 
a man. — T. Adams. 

Drunkenness places man as much be- 
low the level of the brutes, as reason 
elevates him above them. — Sinclair. 

Beware of drunkenness, lest all good 
men beware of thee. — Where drunken- 
ness reigns, there reason is an exile, vir- 
tue a stranger, and God an enemy; 
blasphemy is wit, oaths are rhetoric, and 
secrets are proclamations. — Quarles. 

Troops of furies march in the drunk- 
ard's triumph. — Zimmerman. 

There is scarcely a crime before me 
that is not, directly or indirectly, caused 
by strong drink. — Judge Coleridge. 

Call things by their right names. — 
" Glass of brandy and water ! " That 
is the current but not the appropriate 
name ; ask for, " A glass of liquid fire 
and distilled damnation." — Robert Hall. 

It were better for a man to be subject 
to any vice, than to drunkenness; for all 
other vanities and sins are recovered, 
but a drunkard will never shake off the 
delight of beastliness; for the longer it 
possesseth a man, the more he will de- 
light in it, and the older he groweth the 
more he shall be subject to it; for it 
dulleth the spirits, and destroyeth the 
body as ivy doth the old tree ; or as the 
worm that engendereth in the kernel of 
the nut. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

What is a drunken man like? Like a 
drown'd man, a fool, and a madman; 
one draught above heat makes him a 
fool; the second mads him; and a third 
drowns him. — Shakespeare. 

The sight of a drunkard is a better 
sermon against that vice than the best 
that was ever preached on that subject. 
— Saville. 

Of all vices take heed of drunkenness. 
— Other vices are but the fruits of dis- 
ordered affections; this disorders, nay 
banishes, reason. — Other vices but impair 
the soul; this demolishes her two chief 
faculties, the understanding and the will. 
— Other vices make their own way; this 
makes way for all vices. — He that is a 

drunkard is qualified for all vice. — 

DUELS. — A duellist is only a Cain in 
high life. — J err old. 

Duelling makes a virtue of pride and 
revenge; and, in defiance of the laws, 
both of God and man, assumes itself 
the right of avenging its own wrongs, 
and even exults in the blood of its mur- 
dered victim. — J. Hawes. 

If all seconds were as averse to duels 
as their principals, very little blood 
would be shed in that way. — Colton. 

Duelling, though barbarous in civi- 
lized, is a highly civilizing institution 
among barbarous people ; and when com- 
pared to assassination is a prodigious 
victory gained over human passions. — 
Sydney Smith. 

Duelling, as a punishment, is absurd, 
because it is an equal chance whether 
the punishment falls upon the offender, 
or the person offended. — Nor is it much 
better as a reparation, it being difficult 
to explain in what the satisfaction con- 
sists, or how it tends to undo an injury, 
or to afford a compensation for the dam- 
age already sustained. — Paley. 

DULNESS. — A dull man is so near a 
dead man that he is hardly to be ranked 
in the list of the living; and as he is 
not to be buried whilst half alive, so he 
is as little to be employed whilst he is 
half dead. — Saville. 

There are some heads that have no 
windows, and the day can never strike 
from above ; nothing enters from heaven- 
ward. — Joubert. 

What a comfort a dull but kindly man 
is, to be sure, at times! A ground glass 
shade over a gas-light does not bring 
more solace to our dazzled eyes than 
such an one to our minds. — 0. W. 

DUTY. — There is not a moment with- 
out some duty. — Cicero. 

Duty is carrying on promptly and 
faithfully the affairs now before you. — 
It is to fulfill the claims of to-day. — 

Do the duty which lieth nearest to 
thee ! Thy second duty will already 
have become clearer. — Thomas Carlyle. 

Duty is a power that rises with us in 
the morning, and goes to rest with us 
at night. It is co-extensive with the ac- 
tion of our intelligence. It is the shadow 




that cleaves to us, go where we will. — 

Every duty which we omit, obscures 
some truth which we should have known. 
— Ruskin. 

Duties are ours, events are God's. 
This removes an infinite burden from 
the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, 
dying creature. On this consideration 
only can he securely lay down his head 
and close his eyes. — Cecil. 

Duty performed gives clearness and 
firmness to faith, and faith thus strength- 
ened through duty becomes the more 
assured and satisfying to the soul. — 
Tryon Edwards. 

Dut3 r is the grandest of ideas, because 
it implies the idea of God, of the soul, 
of libert}', of responsibility, of immor- 
tality. — Lacordaire. 

" We do not choose our own parts in 
life, and have nothing to do with select- 
ing those parts. Our simple duty is 
confined to playing them well." — Epic- 

The brave man wants no charms to 
encourage him to duty, and the good 
man scorns all warnings that would de- 
ter him from doing it. — Bulwer. 

Do to-day's duty, fight to-day's temp- 
tation, and do not weaken and distract 
yourself by looking forward to things 
which you cannot see, and could not un- 
derstand if you saw them. — Charles 

The reward of one duty done is the 
power to fulfill another. — George Eliot. 

Know thyself and do thine own work, 
says Plato; and each includes the other 
and covers the whole duty of man. — 

The best things are nearest : light in 
.your e}^es, flowers at your feet, duties 
at your hand, the path of God just be- 
fore you. Then do not grasp at the 
stars, but do life's common work as it 
comes, certain that daily duties and 
daily bread are the sweetest things of 

God always has an angel of help for 
those who are willing to do their duty. — 
T. L. Cuyler. 

The truth is, one's vocation is never 
some far-off possibility. — It is always 
the simple round of duties which the 
passing hour brings. — J. W. Dulles. 

Let us never forget that every station 
in life is necessary; that each deserves 
our respect; that not the station itself, 
but the worthy fulfillment of its duties 
does honor to man. 

There is nothing in the universe that 
I fear, but that I shall not know all my 
duty, or shall fail to do it. — Mary Lyon. 

We are apt to mistake our vocation 
by looking out of the way for occasions 
to exercise great and rare virtues, and 
by stepping over the ordinary ones that 
lie directly in the road before us. — H. 

Duties in general, like that class of 
them called debts, give more trouble the 
longer they remain undischarged. 

Let men laugh, if the}' will, when you 
sacrifice desire to duty. — You have time 
and eternity to rejoice in. — Theodore 

Do the duty that lies nearest to thee. 
— Goethe. 

I find the doing of the will of God 
leaves me no time for disputing about 
His plans. — G. Macdonald. 

To what gulfs a single deviation from 
the path of human duties leads ! — Byron. 

Who escapes a duty, avoids a gain. — 
Theodore Parker. 

I believe that we are conforming to 
the divine order and the will of Provi- 
dence when we are doing even indiffer- 
ent things that belong to our condition. 
— Fenelon. 

Whether your time calls you to live 
or die do both like a prince. — Sir P. 

Exactness in little duties is a wonder- 
ful source of cheerfulness. — Faber. 

There is no evil we cannot face or fly 
from, but the consciousness of duty dis- 
regarded. — Daniel Webster. 

Men do less than they ought, unless 
they do all that they can. — Carlyle. 

Be not diverted from your duty b} r 
any idle reflections the silly world may 
make upon you, for their censures are 
not in your power and should not be at 
all your concern. — Epictetus. 

It is one of the worst of errors to sup- 
pose that there is any path of safet} r 
except that of duty. — Wm. Ncvins. 

Every duty that is bidden to wait 




comes back with seven fresh duties at 
its back. — Charles Kingsley. 

There is no mean work, save that 
which is sordidly selfish; no irreligious 
work, save that which is morally wrong; 
in every sphere of life the post of honor 
is the post of duty. — E. H. Chapin. 

Perish discretion when it interferes 
with duty. — H. More. 

No man's spirits were ever hurt by do- 
ing his duty. — On the contrary, one good 
action, one temptation resisted and over- 
come, one sacrifice of desire or interest 
purely for conscience's sake, will prove 
a cordial for weak and low spirits far 
beyond what either indulgence, or diver- 
sion, or company can do for them. — 

Duty performed is a moral tonic; if 
neglected, the tone and strength of both 
mind and heart are weakened, and the 
spiritual health undermined. — Tryon 

Do right, and God's recompense to 
you will be the power of doing more 
right. — F. W . Robertson. 

Practice in life whatever thou pray- 
est for, and God will give it thee more 
abundantly. — F. D. Huntington. 

Try to put well in practice what j r ou 
already know; and in so doing, you will, 
in good time, discover the hidden things 
which you now inquire about. Practice 
what you know, and it will help to make 
clear what now you do not know. — Rem- 

So nigh is grandeur to our dust, so 
near is God to man, when duty whis- 
pers low, " Thou must," the youth re- 
plies, " I can." — Emerson. 

Do thy duty; that is best; leave unto 
the Lord the rest. — Longfellow. 

All that any one of us has to do in 
this world is his simple duty. And an 
archangel could not do more than that 
to advantage. — H. C. Trumbull. 

When the soul resolves to perform 
every duty, immediately it is conscious 
of the presence of God. — Bacon. 

Every day remember that to-day you 
have a God to glorify; a Saviour to 
imitate; a soul to save; your body to 
mortify; virtue to acquire; heaven to 
seek; eternity to meditate upon; temp- 
tations to resist; the world to guard 
against; and perhaps death to meet. 

By doing our duty, we learn to do it. 
— E. B. Pusey. 

If I am faithful to the duties of the 
present, God will provide for the future. 
— Bedell. 

Every hour comes with some little 
fagot of God's will fastened upon its 
back. — Faber. 

Can any man or woman choose duties? 
No more than they can choose their 
birthplace, or their father and mother. — 
George Eliot. 

It is wonderful what strength and 
boldness of purpose and energy will 
come from the feeling that we are in 
the way of duty. — John Foster. 

Let us do our duty in our shop or our 
kitchen; in the market, the street, the 
office, the school, the home, just as 
faithfully as if we stood in the front 
rank of some great battle, and knew that 
victoiy for mankind depended on our 
braveiy, strength, and skill. — When we 
do that, the humblest of us will be 
serving in that great army which achieves 
the welfare of the world. — Theodore 

Do the truth ye know, and you shall 
learn the truth you need to know. — G. 

Reverence the highest; have patience 
with the lowest; let this day's perform- 
ance of the meanest duty be thy re- 
ligion. — Margaret Fuller. 

The consideration that human happi- 
ness and moral duty are inseparably 
connected, will always continue to 
prompt me to promote the former by 
inculcating the practice of the latter. — 

There are not good things enough in 
life, to indemnify us for the neglect of a 
single duty. — Mad. Sivetchine. 

The best preparation for the future is 
the present well seen to, the last duty 
well done. — G. Macdonald. 

The duty of man is plain and simple, 
and consists but of two points; his duty 
to God, which eveiy man must feel; 
and his duty to his neighbor, to do as 
he would be done by. — Thomas Paine. 

The path of duty lies in what is near, 
and men seek for it in what is remote. — 
The work of duty lies in what is easy, 
and men seek for it in what is difficult. 
— Mencius. 




Duty by habit is to pleasure turned. 
— Brydges. 

This is the feeling that gives a man 
true courage — the feeling that he has a 
work to do at all costs; the sense of 
duty. — C. Kingsley. 

Man is not born to solve the problem 
of the universe, but to find out what he 
has to do ; and to restrain himself within 
the limits of his comprehension. — 

Duty is above all consequences, and 
often, at a crisis of difficulty, commands 
us to throw them overboard. It com- 
mands us to look neither to the right, 
nor to the left, but straight onward. 
Hence every act of duty is an act of 
faith. It is performed in the assurance 
that God will take care of the conse- 
quences, and will so order the course of 
the world, that, whatever the immedi- 
ate results may be, his word shall not 
return to him void. 

This span of life was lent for lofty 
duties, not for selfishness; not to be 
whiled away in aimless dreams, but to 
improve ourselves and serve mankind. — 
Aubrey De Vere. 

No human being, man or woman, can 
act up to a sublime standard without 
giving offence. — Channing. 

It is surprising how practical duty en- 
riches the fancy and the heart, and ac- 
tion clears and deepens the affections. — 

Our grand business is not to see what 
lies dimly in the distance, but to do 
what lies clearly at hand. — Carlyle. 


EARLY RISING. — Whoever has 
tasted the breath of morning, knows that 
the most invigorating and delightful 
hours of the day are commonly spent in 
bed, though it is the evident intention 
of nature that we should profit by them. 
— Southey. 

When one begins to turn in bed, it is 
time to turn out. — Wellington. 

The difference between rising at five 
and seven o'clock in the morning, for 
forty years, supposing a man to go to 
bed at the same hour at night, is nearly 
equivalent to the addition of ten years 
to a man's life. — Doddridge. 

It is well to be up before daybreak, 
for such habits contribute to health, 
wealth, and wisdom. — Aristotle. 

Early rising not only gives us more 
life in the same number of years, but 
adds, likewise, to their number; and not 
only enables us to enjoy more of ex- 
istence in the same time, but increases 
also the measure. — Colton. 

The early morning hath gold in its 
mouth. — Franklin. 

Next to temperance, a quiet con- 
science, a cheerful mind, and active hab- 
its, I place early rising as a means of 
health and happiness. — Flint. 

Few ever lived to old age, and fewer 
still ever became distinguished, who 
were not in the habit of early rising. — 
J. Todd. 

Is there aught in sleep can charm the 
wise to lie in dead oblivion, losing half 
the fleeting moments of too short a life? 
— Thomson. 

I would have it inscribed on the cur- 
tains of your bed and the walls of your 
chamber : " If you do not rise early you 
can make progress in nothing." — Lord 

He who rises late may trot all da}', 
and not overtake his business at night. — 

I never knew a man come to greatness 
or eminence who lay abed late in the 
morning. — Swift. 

Every night I make up my mind to 
rise early the next morning, but every 
morning make up my body to lie still. 

Better to get up late and be wide 
awake then, than to get up early and be 
asleep all day. 

Those who would bring great things 
to pass must rise early. — Love not sleep, 
lest thou come to poverty. — M. Henry. 

EARNESTNESS.— Earnestness is en- 
thusiasm tempered by reason. — Pascal. 

There is no substitute for thorough- 
going, ardent, and sincere earnestness. — 

A man in earnest finds means, or if 
he cannot find, creates them. — Channing. 

Do you wish to become rich? — You 
may become so if you desire it in no 
half-way, but thoroughly. — Do you wish 
to master any science or accomplish- 
ment? — Give yourself to it and it lies 




beneath your feet. — This world is given 
as the prize for the men in earnest; and 
that which is true of this world, is truer 
still of the world to come. — F. W. Rob- 

Earnestness is the devotion of all the 
faculties. — It is the cause of patience; 
gives endurance; overcomes pain; 
strengthens weakness; braves dangers; 
sustains hope; makes light of difficulties, 
and lessens the sense of weariness in 
overcoming them. — Bovee. 

Earnestness commands the respect of 
mankind. A wavering, vacillating, dead- 
and-alive Christian does not get the 
respect of the Church or of the world. — 
John Hall. 

There are important cases in which 
the difference between half a heart and 
a whole heart makes just the difference 
between signal defeat and a splendid 
victory. — A. H. K. Boyd. 

Without earnestness no man is ever 
great or does really great things. He 
may be the cleverest of men; he may 
be brilliant, entertaining, popular; but 
he will want weight. — Bayne. 

To impress others we must be ear- 
nest; to amuse them, it is only necessary 
to be kindly and fanciful. — Tuckerman. 

The superior man is slow in his words 
and earnest in his conduct. — Confucius. 

" Earnestness gives intellect," says a 
maxim of the Jesuits; and so says Solo- 
mon, in various expressions in the book 
of Proverbs. — And says Bulwer, "Ear- 
nestness is the best source of mental 
power; and deficiency of heart is the 
cause of many men never becoming 

Man should trust in God as if God 
did all, and yet labor as earnestly as if 
he himself did all. — Chalmers. 

EARTH. — The waters deluge man 
with rain, oppress him with hail, and 
drown him with inundations; the air 
rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, 
or lights up the volcano; but the earth, 
gentle and indulgent, ever subservient 
to the wants of man, spreads his walks 
with flowers, and his table with plenty; 
returns, with interest, every good com- 
mitted to her care; and though she pro- 
duces the poison, she still supplies the 
antidote; though constantly teased more 
to furnish the luxuries of man than his 
necessities, yet even to the last she con- 

tinues her kind indulgence, and, when 
life is over, she piously covers his re- 
mains in her bosom. — Pliny. 

The earth, that is nature's mother, is 
her tomb. — Shakespeare. 

I believe the earth on which we stand 
is but the vestibule to glorious man- 
sions, to which a moving crowd is for- 
ever pressing. — Joanna Baillie. 

Where is the dust that has not been 
alive? — The spade and the plough dis- 
turb our ancestors. — From human mold 
we reap our daily bread. — Young. 

The earth's a stage which God and 
nature do with actors fill. — Hey wood. 

Earth, with her thousand voices, 
praises God. — Coleridge. 

Earth, thou great footstool of our 
God, who reigns on high; thou fruitful 
source of all our raiment, life, and food ; 
our house, our parent, and our nurse. — 

EATING.— The chief pleasure in eat- 
ing does not consist in costly seasoning 
or exquisite flavor, but in yourself. — Do 
you seek sauce by labor? — Horace. 

The turnpike road to most people's 
hearts, I find, lies through their mouths, 
or I mistake mankind. — Wolcott. 

Simple diet is best, for many dishes 
bring many diseases, and rich sauces are 
worse than even heaping several meats 
upon each other. — Pliny. 

Go to your banquet, then, but use de- 
light, so as to rise still with an appetite. 
— Herrick. 

For the sake of health, medicines are 
taken by weight and measure; so ought 
food to be, or by some similar rule. — 

The difference between a rich man 
and a poor man, is this — the former eats 
when he pleases, and the latter when he 
can get it. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

One should eat to live, not live to eat. 
— Franklin. 

By eating what is sufficient man is en- 
abled to work ; he is hindered from work- 
ing and becomes heavy, idle, and stupid 
if he takes too much. — As to bodily 
distempers occasioned by excess, there 
is no end of them. — Jones. 

They are as sick that surfeit with too 
much, as they . that starve with noth- 
ing. — Shakespeare. 




ECCENTRICITY.— Oddities and sin- 
gularities of behavior ma} r attend genius, 
but when they do, they are its misfor- 
tunes and blemishes. — The man of true 
genius will be ashamed of them, or, at 
least, will never affect to be distinguished 
by them. — Sir W. Temple. 

Even beauty cannot palliate eccen- 
tricity. — Balzac. 

Eccentricity has always abounded 
when and where strength of character 
has abounded. — And the amount of ec- 
centricity in a society has been propor- 
tional to the amount of genius, mental 
vigor, and moral courage it contained. — 
J. S. Mill. 

He that will keep a monkey, should 
pay for the glasses he breaks. — Selden. 

ECHO. — That tuneful nymph, the 
babbling echo, who has not learned to 
conceal what is told her, nor yet is able 
to speak till another speaks. — Ovid. 

The shadow of a sound; a voice with- 
out a mouth, and words without a 
tongue. — Horace Smith. 

The babbling gossip of the air. — 

Where we find echoes we generally find 
emptiness and hollowness; it is the con- 
trary with the echoes of the heart. — 

ECONOMY. — If you know how to 
spend less than you get, you have the 
philosopher's stone. — Franklin. 

Economy is the parent of integrity, of 
liberty, and of ease; and the beauteous 
sister of temperance, of cheerfulness, and 
health; and profuseness is a cruel and 
crafty demon, that gradually involves 
her followers in dependence and debts, 
and so fetters them with irons that en- 
ter into their inmost souls. — Hawkes- 

Economy is in itself a source of great 
revenue. — Seneca. 

Large enterprises make the few rich, 
but the majority prosper only through 
the carefulness and detail of thrift. He 
is already poverty-stricken whose habits 
are not thritfy. — T. T. Munger. 

A sound economy is a sound under- 
standing brought into action. It is cal- 
culation realized; it is the doctrine of 
proportion reduced to practice; it is 
foreseeing contingencies and providing 
against them; it is expecting contingen- 

cies and being prepared for them. — Han- 
nah More. 

To make three guineas do the work of 
five. — Bums. 

Men talk in raptures of youth and 
beauty, wit and sprightliness ; but after 
seven years of union, not one of them is 
to be compared to good family manage- 
ment, which is seen at every meal, and 
felt every hour in the husband's purse. 
— Wither spoon. 

The regard one shows economy, is 
like that we show an old aunt, who is 
to leave us something at last. — Shen- 

Waste cannot be accurately told, 
though we are sensible how destructive 
it is. Economy on the one hand, by 
which a certain income is made to main- 
tain a man genteelly; and waste on the 
other, by which, on the same income, 
another man lives shabbily, cannot be 
defined. It is a very nice thing; as one 
man wears his coat out much sooner 
than another, we cannot tell how. — 

Without economy none can be rich, 
and with it few will be poor. — Johnson. 

It is no small commendation to man- 
age a little well. — To live well in 
abundance is the praise of the estate, 
not of the person. — I will study more 
how to give a good account of my little, 
than how to make it more. — Bp. Hall. 

There is no gain so certain as that 
which arises from sparing what you have. 
— Publius Syrus. 

No man is rich whose expenditures ex- 
ceed his means; and no one is poor 
whose incomings exceed his outgoings. 
— Haliburton. 

Economy, whether public or private, 
means the wise management of labor, 
mainly in three senses; applying labor 
rationally, preserving its produce care- 
fully, and distributing its produce sea- 
sonably. — Ruskin. 

A man's ordinary expenses ought to 
be but to the half of his receipts, and if 
he think to wax rich, but to the third 
part. — Bacon. 

Economy before competence is mean- 
ness after it; therefore economy is for 
the poor; the rich may dispense with it. 
— Bovee. 

He who is taught to live upon little 




owes more to his father's wisdom than 
he that has a great deal left him does to 
his father's care. — Penn. 

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, 
for what one does not need, is dear at a 
penny. — Plutarch. 

The art of living easily as to money 
is to pitch your scale of living one de- 
gree below your means. — H. Taylor. 

Take care to be an economist in pros- 
perity; there is no fear of your not be- 
ing one in adversity. — Zimmerman. 

The habit of saving is itself an edu- 
cation; it fosters every virtue, teaches 
self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, 
trains to forethought, and so broadens 
the mind.— T. T. Munger. 

Not to be covetous, is money; not to 
be a purchaser, is a revenue. — Cicero. 

Let honesty and industry be thy con- 
stant companions, and spend one penny 
less than thy clear gains; then shall thy 
pocket begin to thrive ; creditors will not 
insult, nor want oppress, nor hunger 
bite, nor nakedness freeze thee. — Frank- 

Proportion and propriety are among 
the best secrets of domestic wisdom ; and 
there is no surer test of integrity than 
a well-proportioned expenditure. — Han- 
nah More. 

The man who will live above his pres- 
ent circumstances, is in great danger of 
soon living much beneath them; or as 
the Italian proverb says, " The man that 
lives by hope, will die by despair." — 

A man may, if he knows not how to 
save as he gets, keep his nose all his life 
to the grindstone and die not worth a 
groat after all. — Franklin. 

Economy is half the battle of life; it 
is not so hard to earn money, as to 
spend it well. — Spur g eon. 

Ere you consult fancy, consult your 
purse . — Franklin. 

The world abhors closeness, and all 
but admires extravagance; yet a slack 
hand shows weakness, and a tight hand 
strength. — Buxton. 

The back door robs the house. — Her- 

Take care of the pence, and the pounds 
will take care of themselves. — Franklin. 

There are but two ways of paying a 

debt; increase of industry in raising in- 
come, cr increase of thrift in laying out. 
— Carlyle. 

EDUCATION— (See "Teaching.") 

Education is the apprenticeship of 
life. — Wiilmott. 

A human being is not, in any proper 
sense, a human being till he is edu- 
cated. — //. Mann. 

What sculpture is to a block of mar- 
ble, education is to the human soul. The 
philosopher, the saint, the hero, the wise, 
and the good, or the great, very often 
lie hid and concealed in a plebeian, 
which a proper education might have dis- 
interred and brought to light. — Addison. 

The great end of education is, to dis- 
cipline rather than to furnish the mind; 
to train it to the use of its own powers, 
rather than fill it with the accumulations 
of others. — Tryon Edwards. 

The aim of education should be to 
teach us rather how to think, than what 
to think — rather to improve our minds, 
so as to enable us to think for our- 
selves, than to load the memory with 
the thoughts of other men. — Beattie. 

Education does not mean teaching 
people to know what they do not know ; 
it means teaching them to behave as 
they do not behave. — Ruskin. 

Education begins with life. Before 
we are aware the foundations of char- 
acter are laid, and subsequent teaching 
avails but little to remove or alter them. 

If a man empties his purse into his 
head, no man can take it away from 
him. An investment in knowledge al- 
ways pays the best interest. — Franklin. 

Educate your children to self-control, 
to the habit of holding passion and prej- 
udice and evil tendencies subject to an 
upright and reasoning will, and you 
have done much to abolish misery from 
their future lives and crimes from so- 

Knowledge does not comprise all 
which is contained in the large term of 
education. The feelings are to be disci- 
plined ; the passions are to be restrained ; 
true and worthy motives are to be in- 
spired; a profound religious feeling is to 
be instilled, and pure morality incul- 
cated under all circumstances. All this 
is comprised in education. — Daniel Web- 




We speak of educating our children. 
Do we know that our children also edu- 
cate us? — Mrs. Sigourney. 

Promote, as an object of primary im- 
portance, institutions for the general 
diffusion of knowledge. In proportion 
as the structure of a government gives 
force to public opinion, it is essential 
that public opinion should be enlight- 
ened. — Washington. 

Observation more than books, experi- 
ence rather than persons, are the prime 
educators. — A. B. Alcott. 

Planting colleges and filling them with 
studious young men and women is plant- 
ing seed corn for the world. — Judson: 

I call, therefore, a complete and gen- 
erous education, that which fits a man 
to perform justly, skillfully, and mag- 
nanimously, all the offices, both private 
and public, of peace and war. — Milton. 

We all have two educations, one from 
others, and another, an-1 the most valu- 
able, which we give ourselves. It is this 
last which fixes our grade in society, and 
eventually our actual condition in this 
life, and the color of our fate hereafter. 
All the professors and teachers in the 
world would not make you a wise or 
good man without 3 r our own co-opera- 
tion; and if such you are determined to 
be, the want of them will not prevail. — 
John Randolph. 

It is a great art in the education of 
youth to find out peculiar aptitudes, or 
where none exist, to create inclinations 
which may serve as substitutes. — D. M. 

Education is a companion which no 
misfortune can depress — no crime destroy 
— no enemy alienate — no despotism en- 
slave. At home, a friend; abroad, an 
introduction; in solitude, a solace; and 
in society, an ornament. Without it, 
what is man? — a splendid slave, a rea- 
soning savage. — Varle. 

Education, briefly, is the leading hu- 
man minds and souls to what is right 
and best, and to making what is best 
out of them. — And these two objects are 
always attainable together, and by the 
same means. — The training which makes 
men happiest in themselves, also makes 
them most serviceable to others. — Rus- 

He is to be educated not because he 
is to make shoes, nails, and pins, 

but because he is a man. — Channing. 
To know the laws of God in nature 
and revelation, and then to fashion the 
affections and will into harmony with 
those laws — this is education. — S. F. Sco- 

The greatest evil of modern education 
is the evil which it inflicts on health. — 
0. S. Fowler. 

The greatest and noblest work in the 
world, and an effect of the greatest pru- 
dence and care, is to rear and build up 
a man, and to form and fashion him to 
piety, justice, temperance, and all kinds 
of honest and worthy actions. — Tillot- 

Modern education too often covers the 
fingers with rings, and at the same time 
cuts the sinews at the wrists. — Sterling. 

Education is only like good culture; 
it changes the size, but not the sort. — 
H . W. Beecher. 

A true education — what is it? It is 
awakening a love for truth; giving a 
just sense of duty; opening the eyes of 
the soul to the great purpose and end 
of life. It is not so much giving words, 
as^ thoughts; or mere maxims, as living 
principles. It is not teaching to be hon- 
est, because " honesty is the best policy," 
but because it is right. It is teaching 
the individual to love the good, for 
the sake of the good ; to be virtuous in 
action, because so in heart; to love and 
serve God supremely, not from fear, but 
from delight in his perfect character. 

Universal suffrage, without universal 
education, would be a curse. — H. L. 

A true education aims to implant a 
love of knowledge; an adherence to 
truth because it is truth; a reverence 
for man because he is a man; and en- 
thusiasm for liberty; a spirit of candor, 
of breadth, of sympathy; and, above all, 
a supreme regard for duty. — H. L. Way- 

Educate men without religion, and 
you make them but clever devils. — Wel- 

Next in importance to freedom and 
justice is popular education, without 
which neither justice nor freedom can 
be permanently maintained. — Garfield. 

The public mind is educated quickly 
by events — slowly by arguments. 




Capacity without education is deplor- 
able, and education without capacity is 
thrown away. — Saadi. 

The parent who sends his son out into 
the world uneducated, defrauds the com- 
munity of a useful citizen, and be- 
queaths a nuisance. — James Kent. 

The true object of education should 
be to train one to think clearly and act 
rightly. — H. J. Van Dyke. 

Education is a better safeguard of lib- 
erty than a standing army. If we re- 
trench the wages of the schoolmaster, 
we must raise those of the recruiting ser- 
geant. — Everett. 

An industrious and virtuous education 
of children is a better inheritance for 
them than a great estate. — Addison. 

The real object of education is to 
give children resources that will endure 
as long as life endures; habits that time 
will ameliorate, not destroy; occupa- 
tions that will render sickness tolerable, 
solitude pleasant, age venerable, life 
more dignified and useful, and death less 
terrible. — Sidney Smith. 

The secret of education lies in respect- 
ing the pupil. — Emerson. 

He that has found a way to keep a 
child's spirit easy, active, and free, and 
yet at the same time to restrain him 
from many things he has a mind to, and 
to draw him to things that are uneasy 
to him, has, in my opinion, got the true 
secret of education. — Locke. 

I call education, not that which is 
made up of shreds and patches of useless 
arts; but that which inculcates princi- 
ples, polishes taste, regulates temper, 
cultivates reason, subdues the passions, 
directs the feelings, habituates to re- 
flection, trains to self-denial, and, more 
especial!}', that which refers all actions, 
feelings, sentiments, tastes, and passions, 
to the love and fear of God. — Hannah 

The education of our children is never 
out of my mind. Train them to virtue, 
habituate them to industry, activity, 
and spirit. Make them consider every 
vice as shameful and unmanly. Fire 
them with ambition to be useful. Make 
them disdain to be destitute of any use- 
ful knowledge. — John Adams to his wife. 

Of ten infants, destined for different 
vocations, I should prefer that the one 
who is to study through life should be 

the least learned at the age of twelve. — 

For their learning be liberal. Sparc 
no cost; for by such parsimony all is 
lost that is saved; but let it be useful 
knowledge, such as is consistent with 
truth and godliness, not cherishing a 
vain conversation or idle mind; ingenu- 
ity mixed with industry is good for the 
body and the mind too. — Penn to his 

Education is the cheap defense of na- 
tions. — Burke. 

The education of children should not 
be forced, like the growth of plants in 
the hothouse. The more haste in this 
matter, the less speed in the end. It is 
from too early forcing the intellect, from 
premature, precocious mental growth, 
that we see in modern times, so many 
cases of wilted, and feeble, and sickh- 
children; or of remarkable, wonderful 
children, who grow up to be prodigies by 
their second or third year, and die by 
the next. — Tryon Edwards. 

Intellectual effort in the early years 
of life, is very injurious. All labor of 
mind required of children before the 
seventh year is in opposition to the 
laws of nature, and will prove injurious 
to the physical organization, and pre- 
vent its proper and mature develop- 
ment. — Huf eland. 

The college, appealing immediately to 
the mental part, is yet to train every 
part. It is doing its duty only when it 
causes man to regulate appetite, to crush 
passion, to guide desires, to quicken af- 
fections, to prevent wrong, and to stim- 
ulate right choices. — C. F. Thwing. 

It should be the aim of education to 
make men first, and discoveries after- 
ward; to regard mere learning as subor- 
dinate to the development of a well- 
rounded, solid, moral, and intellectual 
character; as the first and great thing, 
to supply vigorous, intelligent, God-fear- 
ing citizens for the welfare of the land. 
— H. J. Van Dyke. 

Experience demonstrates that of any 
number of children of equal intellectual 
powers, those who receive no particular 
care in infancy, and who do not begin 
to study till the constitution begins to 
be consolidated, but who enjoy the bene- 
fit of a good physical education, very 
soon surpass in their studies those who 




commenced earlier, and who read numer- 
ous books when very young. — Spurzheim. 

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, 
but education ends only with life. A 
child is given to the universe to be edu- 
cated. — F. W. Robertson. 

Neither piety, virtue, nor liberty can 
long flourish in a community where the 
education of youth is neglected. — 

Education is the knowledge of how to 
use the whole of oneself. Many men 
use but one or two faculties out of the 
score with which they are endowed. A 
man is educated who knows how to 
make a tool of every faculty — how to 
open it, how to keep it sharp, and how 
to apply it to all practical purposes. — 
H . W. Beecher. 

The worst education that teaches self- 
denial is better than the best that 
teaches everything else and not that. — 
J. Sterling. 

The best education in the world is 
that got by struggling to get a living. — 
Wendell Phillips. 

He has seen but little of life who does 
not discern everywhere the effect of early 
education on men's opinions and habits 
of thinking. Children bring out of the 
nursery that which displays itself 
throughout their lives. — Cecil. 

The poorest education that teaches 
self-control, is better than the best that 
neglects it. — Anon. 

It makes little difference what the 
trade, business, or branch of learning, in 
mechanical labor, or intellectual effort, 
the educated man is always superior to 
the common laborer. One who is in 
the habit of apprying his powers in the 
right way will carry system into any 
occupation, and it will help him as much 
to handle a rope as to write a poem. — 
F. M. Crawford. 

The sure foundations of the State are 
laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and 
every sneer at education, at culture, and 
at boo*k-learning which is the recorded 
wisdom of the experience of mankind, is 
the demagogue's sneer at intelligent lib- 
erty, inviting national degeneracy and 
ruin. — G. W. Curtis. 

You demand universal suffrage, — I de- 
mand universal education to go with it. 
— W. E. Forster. 

Education in its widest sense includes 
everything that exerts a formative influ- 
ence, and causes a 3 r oung person to be, 
at a given point, what he is. — Mark 

Education is a debt due from the pres- 
ent to future generations. — George Pea- 

The education of the human mind 
commences in the cradle. — T. Cogan. 

Education is not learning; it is the 
exercise and development of the powers 
of the mind; and the two great methods 
by which this end may be accomplished 
are in the halls of learning, or in the 
conflicts of life. — Princeton Review. 

Don't fall into the vulgar idea that 
mind is a warehouse, and education but 
a process of stuffing it full of goods. 

The aim of education should be to 
convert the mind into a living fountain, 
and not a reservoir. That which is filled 
by merely pumping in, will be emptied 
by pumping out. — John M. Mason. 

Every day's experience shows how 
much more actively education goes on 
out of the schoolroom, than in it. 

Men are every day saying and doing, 
from the power of education, habit, and 
imitation, what has no root whatever in 
their serious convictions. — Charming. 

The best school of discipline is home 
— family life is God's own method of 
training the young; and homes are very 
much what women make them. — S. 

There is a moral as well as an intel- 
lectual objection to the custom, fre- 
quent in these times, of making educa- 
tion consist in a mere smattering of 
twenty different things, instead of in the 
mastery of five or six. — Chadwick. 

It depends on education to open the 
gates which lead to virtue or to vice, 
to happiness or to misery. — Jane Porter. 

That call not education, which decries 
God and his truth, content the seed to 
strew of moral maxims, and the mind 
imbue with elements which form the 
worldly wise; so call the training, which 
can duly prize such lighter lore, but 
chiefly holds to view what God requires 
us to believe and do, and notes man's 
end, and shapes him for the skies. — Bp. 

The true order of learning should be, 




first, what is necessary; second, what is 
useful; and third, what is ornamental. — 
To reverse this arrangement, is like be- 
ginning to build at the top of the edi- 
fice. — Mrs. Sigourney. 

Education commences at the mother's 
knee, and every word spoken in the 
hearing of little children tends toward 
the formation of character. — Let parents 
always bear this in mind. — H. Ballou. 

That which we are we are all the 
while teaching, not voluntarily, but in- 
voluntarily. — Emerson. 

The wisest man may always learn 
something from the humblest peasant. — 
J. P. Senn. 

Public instruction should be the first 
object of government. — Napoleon. 

No woman is educated who is not 
equal to the successful management of a 
family. — Burnap. 

The schoolmaster deserves to be 
beaten himself who beats nature in a 
boy for a fault. And I question whether 
all the whippings in the world can make 
their parts which are naturally sluggish 
rise one minute before the hour nature 
hath appointed. — Fuller. 

All who have meditated on the art of 
governing mankind have been convinced 
that the fate of empires depends on the 
education of youth. — Aristotle. 

It is by education I learn to do by 
choice, what other men do by the con- 
straint of fear. — Aristotle. 

Jails and prisons are the complement 
of schools; so many less as you have of 
the latter, so many more must you have 
of the former. — H. Mann. 

The schoolmaster is abroad, and I 
trust him, armed with his primer, against 
the soldier in full military array. — 

Schoolhouses are the republican line 
of fortifications. — Horace Mann. 

The education of the present race of 
females is not very favorable to domes- 
tic happiness. — For my own part, I call 
education, not that which smothers a 
woman with accomplishments, but that 
which tends to consolidate a firm and 
regular system of character. — That which 
tends to form a friend, a companion, and 
a wife. — Hannah More. 

Do not ask if a man has been 
through college ; ask if a college has been 

through him — if he is a walking univer- 
sity. — E. H. Chapin. 

An intelligent class can scarce ever be, 
as a class, vicious, and never, as a class, 
indolent. — The excited mental activity 
operates as a counterpoise to the stimu- 
lus of sense and appetite. — Everett. 

Early instruction in truth will best 
keep out error. Some one has well 
said, " Fill the bushel with wheat, and 
you may defy the devil to fill it with 
tares." — Tryon Edwards. 

Education gives fecundity of thought, 
copiousness of illustration, quickness, 
vigor, fancy, words, images, and illus- 
trations; it decorates every common 
thing, and gives the power of trifling 
without being undignified and absurd. 
— Sydney Smith. 

If we work upon marble, it will per- 
ish; if on brass, time will efface it; if 
we rear temples, they will crumble into 
dust; but if we work upon immortal 
minds, and imbue them with principles, 
with the just fear of God and love of 
our fellow-men, we engrave on those 
tablets something that will brighten to 
all eternity. — Daniel Webster. 

Never educate a child to be a gentle- 
man or lady only, but to be a man, a 
woman. — Herbert Spencer. 

It is on the sound education of the 
people that the security and destiny of 
every nation chiefly rest. — Kossuth. 

Nothing so good as a university edu- 
cation, nor worse than a university with- 
out its education. — Bulwer. 

Family education and order are some 
of the chief means of grace; if these 
are duly maintained, all the means of 
grace are likely to prosner and become 
effectual. — Jonathan Edwards. 

A college education shows a man how 
little other people know. — Haliburton. 

'Tis education forms the common 
mind; just as the twig is bent the tree 
is inclined. — Pope. 

Education does not consist in master- 
ing languages, but is found in that moral 
training which extends beyond the 
schoolroom to the playground and the 
street, and which teaches that a meaner 
thing can be done than to fail in recita- 
tion. — Chadbourne. 

No part of education is more impor- 
tant to voung woman than the society 




of the other sex of her own age. — It is 
only by this association that they ac- 
quire that insight into character which 
is almost their only defence. — Bitmap. 

Education does not commence with 
the alphabet; it begins with a mother's 
look, with a father's nod of approbation, 
or a sign of reproof; with a sister's gen- 
tle pressure of the hand, or a brother's 
noble act of forbearance; with handfuls 
of flowers in green dells, on hills, and 
daisy meadows; with birds' nests ad- 
mired, but not touched; with creeping 
ants, and almost imperceptible emmets; 
with humming-bees and glass beehives; 
with pleasant walks in shady lanes, 
and with thoughts directed in sweet and 
kindly tones and words to nature, to 
beauty, to acts of benevolence, to deeds 
of virtue, and to the source of all good 
— to God Himself! — Anon. 

Thelwall thought it very unfair to in- 
fluence a child's mind by inculcating any 
opinions before it had come to 3'ears of 
discretion to choose for itself. — I showed 
him my garden, and I told him it was 
my botanical garden. — "How so?" said 
he; "it is covered with weeds." — " O," 
I replied, " that is only because it has 
not yet come to its age of discretion and 
cjioice. — The weeds, you see, have taken 
the liberty to grow, and I thought it 
unfair in me to prejudice the soil to- 
ward roses and strawberries." — Cole- 

Education is our only political safety. 
— Outside of this ark all is deluge. — H. 

EFFORT.— (See "Labor.") 

Things don't turn up in this world 
until somebody turns them up. — Gar- 

The fact is, nothing comes; at least, 
nothing good. All has to be fetched. — 
Charles Buxton. 

If you would relish food, labor for it 
before you take it; if enjoy clothing, 
pay for it before you wear it ; if you 
would sleep soundty, take a clear con- 
science to bed with you. — Franklin. 

EGOTISM.— Egotism is the tongue of 

vanity. — Chamjort. 

It is never permissible to say " I say." 
— Mad. Neckar. 

The more you speak of yourself, the 
more you are likely to lie. — Zimmerman. 

An egotist is a man who talks so much 
about himself that he gives me no time 
to talk about myself. — H. L. Wayland. 

The more any one speaks of himself, 
the less he likes to hear another talked 
of. — Lavater. 

Egotism is more like an offence than 
a crime, though 'tis allowable to speak 
of yourself provided nothing is advanced 
in your own favor; but I cannot help 
suspecting that those who abuse them- 
selves are, in reality, angling for appro- 
bation. — Zimmerman. 

Do you wish men to speak well of 
you? Then never speak well of your- 
self. — Pascal. 

There is not one wise man in twenty 
that will praise himself. — Shakespeare. 

When all is summed up, a man never 
speaks of himself without loss; his ac- 
cusations of himself are always believed; 
his praises never. — Montaigne. 

Christian piety annihilates the ego- 
tism of the heart; worldly politeness 
veils and represses it. — Pascal. 

The personal pronoun " I," might well 
be the coat of arms of some individuals. 
— Rivarol. 

I shall never apologize to you for ego- 
tism. — I think very few men in writing 
to their friends have enough of it. — 
Sidney Smith. 

It is a false principle, that because we 
are entirely occupied with ourselves, we 
must equally occupy the thoughts of 
others. — The contrary inference is the 
fair one. — Hazlitt. 

The reason why lovers are never 
weary of one another is this — they are 
ever talking of themselves. — Rochefou- 

What hypocrites we seem to be when- 
ever we talk of ourselves! — Our words 
sound so humble while our hearts are so 
proud. — Hare. 

An egotist will always speak of him- 
self, either in praise or censure; but a 
modest man ever shuns making himself 
the subject of his conversation. — Bru- 

We often boast that we are never 
bored; but we are so conceited that we 
do not perceive how often we bore 
others. — Rochefoucauld. 

ELEGANCE. — When the mind loses 




its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt 
and grovelling, and seeks in the crowd 
what ought to be found at home. — Lan- 

Elegance is something more than ease 
— more than a freedom from awkward- 
ness and restraint. — It implies a preci- 
sion, a polish, and a sparkling which is 
spirited, yet delicate. — Hazlitt. 

Taste and elegance, though they are 
reckoned only among the smaller and 
secondary morals, are of no mean impor- 
tance in the regulations of life. — A moral 
taste is not of force to turn vice into 
virtue; but it recommends virtue with 
something like the blandishments of 
pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils 
of vice. — Burke. 

ELOQUENCE.— True eloquence con- 
sists in saying all that is proper, and 
nothing more. — Rochefoucauld. 

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. 
— Cicero. 

Action is eloquence; the eyes of the 
ignorant are more learned than their 
ears. — Shakespeare. 

The clear conception, outrunning the 
deductions of logic, the high purpose, 
the firm resolve, the dauntless spirit, 
speaking on the tongue, beaming from 
the eye, informing every feature, and 
urging the whole man onward, right on- 
ward to his object, — this, this is elo- 
quence; or rather it is something greater 
and higher than all eloquence; it is ac- 
tion, noble, sublime, godlike action. — 
Daniel Webster. 

It is but a poor eloquence which only 
shows that the orator can talk. — Sir 
Joshua Reynolds. 

Eloquence is relative. — One can no 
more pronounce on the eloquence of any 
composition, than on the wholesomeness 
of a medicine without knowing for whom 
it is intended. — Whately. 

The truest eloquence is that which 
holds us too mute for applause. — Bulwer. 

Those who would make us feel, must 
feel themselves. — Churchill. 

No man ever did, or ever will become 
most truly eloquent without being a 
constant reader of the Bible, and an ad- 
mirer of the purity and sublimity of its 
language. — Fisher Ames. 

It is of eloquence as of a flame; it re- 
quires matter to feed it, and motion to 

excite it; and it brightens as it burns. — 

Eloquence is in the assembly, not 
merely in the speaker. — William Pitt. 

Eloquence is logic on fire. — Lyman 

Eloquence is vehement simplicity. — 

There is no eloquence without a man 
behind it. — Emerson. 

Eloquence is the transference of 
thought and emotion from one heart to 
another, no matter how it is done. — 
John B. Gough. 

There is not less eloquence in the 
voice, the eye, the gesture, than in words. 
— Rochefoucauld. 

If any thing I have ever said or writ- 
ten deserves the feeblest encomiums of 
my fellow countrymen, I have no hesi- 
tation in declaring that for their par- 
tiality I am indebted, solely indebted, 
to the daily and attentive perusal of the 
Sacred Scriptures, the source of all true 
poetry and eloquence, as well as of all 
good and all comfort. — Daniel Webster. 

Speech is the body; thought, the soul, 
and suitable action the life of eloquence. 
— C. Simmons. 

Talking and eloquence are not the 
same. — To speak and to speak well are 
two things. — A fool may talk, but a wise 
man speaks. — Ben. Jonson. 

True eloquence does not consist in 
speech. — It cannot be brought from far. 
— Labor and learning may toil for it in 
vain. — Words and phrases may be mar- 
shalled in every way, but they cannot 
compass it. — It must consist in the man, 
in the subject, and in the occasion. — 
Daniel Webster. 

The manner of speaking is full as 
important as the matter, as more people 
have ears to be tickled than understand- 
ings to judge. — Chesterfield. 

The pleasure of eloquence is, in great- 
est part, owing often to the stimulus of 
the occasion which produces it — to the 
magic of sympathy which exalts the feel- 
ing of each, by radiating on him the 
feeling of all. — Emerson. 

Great is the power of eloquence; but 
never is it so great as when it pleads 
along with nature, and the culprit is a 
child strayed from his duty, and re- 
turned to it again with tears. — Sterne. 




Honesty is one part of eloquence. 
We persuade others by being in ear- 
nest ourselves. — Hazlitt. 

EMINENCE. — Every man ought to 
aim at eminence, not by pulling others 
down, but by raising himself; and en- 
joy the pleasures of his own superioritj', 
whether imaginary or real, without in- 
terrupting others in the same felicity. — 

The road to eminence and power from 
obscure condition ought not to be made 
too easy, nor a thing too much of course. 
If rare merit be the rarest of all rare 
things, it ought to pass through some 
sort of probation. The temple of honor 
ought to be seated on an eminence. If 
it be open through virtue, let it be re- 
membered, too, that virtue is never tried 
but by some difficulty and some strug- 
gle. — Burke. 

It is folly for an eminent man to think 
of escaping censure, and a weakness for 
him to be affected by it. — All the illus- 
trious persons of antiquity, and indeed 
of every age in the world, have passed 
through this fiery persecution. — Addison. 

EMOTION.— All loving emotions, like 
plants, shoot up most rapidly in the tem- 
pestuous atmosphere of life. — Richter. 

The taste for emotion may become a 
dangerous taste; we should be very cau- 
tious how we attempt to squeeze out of 
human life more ecstasy and paroxysm 
than it can well afford. — Sydney Smith. 

Emotion has no value in the Christian 
system save as it is connected with right 
conduct. — It is the bud, not the flower, 
and is of no value until it expands into 
the flower. — Every religious sentiment, 
every act of devotion which does not 
produce a corresponding elevation of 
life, is worse than useless; it is abso- 
lutely pernicious, because it ministers 
to self-deception, and tends to lower the 
tone of personal morals. — Murray. 

Emotion turning back on itself, and 
not leading on to thought or action, is 
the element of madness. — J. Sterling. 

Emotion, whether of ridicule, anger, 
or sorrow, whether raised at a puppet- 
show, a funeral, or a battle, is your 
grandest of levelers. — The man who 
would be always superior should be al- 
ways apathetic. — Bulwer. 

Emotion which does not lead to and 
flow out in right action is not only use- 

less, but it weakens character, and be- 
comes an excuse for neglect of effort. — 
Try on Edwards. 

EMPIRE. — As a general truth, noth- 
ing is more opposed to the well-being 
and freedom of men, than vast empires. 
— De Tocqueville. 

Extended empire, like expanded gold, 
exchanges solid strength for feeble splen- 
dor. — Johnson. 

It is not their long reigns, nor their 
frequent changes which occasion the fall 
of empires, but their abuse of power. — 

EMPLOYMENT. — (See "Occupa- 
tion," and " Time.") 

Employment is nature's physician, and 
is essential to human happiness. — Galen. 

Be always employed about some ra- 
tional thing, that the devil find thee not 
idle. — Jerome. 

Life is hardly respectable if it has no 
generous task, no duties or affections 
that constitute a necessity of existing. — 
Every man's task is his life-preserver. — 
G. B. Emerson. 

" I have," says Richter, " fire-proof, 
perennial enjoyments, called employ- 
ments"; and says Burton, "So essential 
to human happiness is employment, that 
indolence is justly considered the mother 
of misery." 

He that does not bring up his son to 
some honest calling and employment, 
brings him up to be a thief. — Jewish 

Employment gives health, sobriety, 
and morals. — Constant employment and 
well-paid labor produce, in a country 
like ours, general prosperity, content, 
and cheerfulness. — Daniel Webster. 

The devil never tempted a man whom 
he found judiciously employed. — Spur- 

The safe and general antidote against 
sorrow, is employment. It is commonly 
observed, that among soldiers and sea- 
men, though there is much kindness, 
there is little grief; they see their friend 
fall without that lamentation which is 
indulged in security and idleness, be- 
cause they have no leisure to spare from 
the care of themselves; and whoever 
shall keep his thoughts equally busy, 
will find himself equally unaffected by 
irretrievable losses. — Johnson. 




Not to enjoy life, but to employ life, 
ought to be our aim and inspiration. — 

Employment and ennui are simply in- 
compatible. — Mad. Deluzy. 

We have employments assigned to us 
for every circumstance in life When 
we are alone, we have our thoughts to 
watch; in the family, our tempers; and 
in company, our tongues. — Hannah 

The wise prove, and the foolish con- 
fess, by their conduct, that a life of 
employment is the only life worth lead- 
ing. — Foley. 

Life's cares are comforts, such by 
heaven designed; he that has none must 
make them or be wretched. — Cares are 
employments, and without employ the 
soul is on a rack — the rack of rest to 
souls most adverse: — action all their 
joy. — Young. 

Occupation is one great source of en- 
joyment. No man, properly occupied, 
was ever miserable. — L. E. London. 

EMPTINESS.— Four things are griev- 
ously empty: a head without brains, a 
wit without judgment, a heart without 
honesty, and a purse without money. — 

EMULATION.— Emulation is a noble 
passion. — It is enterprising, but just 
withal. — It keeps within the terms of 
honor, and makes the contest for glory 
just and generous; striving to excel, not 
by depressing others, but by raising it- 
self. — Beaumont. 

Emulation admires and strives to imi- 
tate great actions; envy is only moved 
to malice. — Balzac. 

Emulation is the devil-shadow of as- 
piration. — To excite it is worthy only of 
the commonplace vulgar schoolmaster, 
whose ambition is to show what fine 
scholars he can turn out, that he may 
get the more pupils. — G. Macdonald. 

Emulation, in the sense of a laudable 
ambition, is founded on humility, for it 
implies that we have a low opinion of 
our present, and think it necessary to 
advance and make improvement. — Bp. 

Where there is emulation, there will 
be vanity; where there is vanity, there 
will be folly. — Johnson. 

The emulation of a man of genius is 

seldom with his contemporaries. The 
competitors with whom his secret am- 
bition seeks to vie are the dead. — Bul- 

Emulation has been termed a spur to 
virtue, and assumes to be a spur of gold. 
— But it is a spur composed of baser 
materials, and if tried in the furnace will 
be found wanting. — Colton. 

Emulation looks out for merits, that 
she may exalt herself by a victory ; envy 
spies out blemishes, that she may have 
another by a defeat. — Colton. 

There is a long and wearisome step 
between admiration and imitation. — 

Without emulation we sink into mean- 
ness, or mediocrity, for nothing great or 
excellent can be done without it. — Beau- 

ENCOURAGEMENT. — Faint not; 
the miles to heaven are but few and 
short . — R utherjord. 

Correction does much, but encourage- 
ment does more. — Encouragement after 
censure is as the sun after a shower. — 

We ought not to raise expectations 
which it is not in our power to satisfy. 
— It is more pleasing to see smoke 
brightening into flame, than flame sink- 
ing into smoke. — Johnson. 

All may do what has by man been 
done. — Young. 

I believe that any man's life will be 
filled with constant and unexpected en- 
couragement, if he makes up his mind 
to do his level best each day, and as 
nearly as possible reaching the high- 
water mark of pure and useful living. — 
Booker T. Washington. 

END. — Let the end try the man. — 

If well thou hast begun, go on; it is 
the end that crowns us, not the fight.— 

The end crowns all, and that old com- 
mon arbitrator, time, will one day end 
it. — Shakespeare. 

All's well that ends well; still the fini* 
is the crown. — Shakespeare. 

ENDURANCE.— Not in the achieve- 
ment, but in the endurance of the hu- 
man soul, does it show its divine 
grandeur, and its alliance with the in- 
finite God.— E. H. Chapin. 




The greater the difficulty, the more 
glory in surmounting it. — Skilful pilots 
gain their reputation from storms and 
tempests. — Epicurus. 

The palm-tree grows best beneath a 
ponderous weight, and even so the char- 
acter of man. — The petty pangs of small 
daily cares have often bent the character 
of men, but great misfortunes seldom. — 

There is nothing in the world so much 
admired as a man who knows how to 
bear unhappiness with courage. — Seneca 

Our strength often increases in pro- 
portion to the obstacles imposed upon 
it. — It is thus we enter upon the most 
perilous plans after having had the 
shame of failing in more simple ones. — 

He conquers who endures. — Persius. 

By bravely enduring, an evil which 
cannot be avoided is overcome. — Old 

ENEMIES.— Make no enemies. — He 
is insignificant indeed who can do thee 
no harm. — Colton. 

Have you fifty friends? — it is not 
enough. — Have you one enemy? — it is 
too much. — Italian Proverb. 

If we could read the secret history of 
our enemies, we should find in each 
man's life sorrow and suffering enough 
to disarm all hostility. — Longfellow. 

There is no little enemy. — Franklin. 

Those who get through the world 
without enemies are commonly of three 
classes: the supple, the adroit, the phleg- 
matic. The leaden rule surmounts ob- 
stacles by yielding to them; the oiled 
wheel escapes friction; the cotton sack 
escapes damage by its impenetrable 
elasticity. — Whately. 

It is much safer to reconcile an enemy 
than to conquer him; victory may de- 
prive him of his poison, but reconcilia- 
tion of his will. — Feltham. 

However rich or powerful a man may 
be it is the height of folly to make 
personal enemies ; for one unguarded mo- 
ment may yield you to the revenge of 
the most despicable of mankind. — Lyt- 

We should never make enemies, if for 
no other reason, because it is so hard 
to behave toward them as we ought. — 

Some men are more beholden to their 
bitterest enemies than to friends who 
appear to be sweetness itself. The for- 
mer frequently tell the truth, but the 
latter never. — Cato. 

Observe your enemies, for they first 
find out your faults. — Antisthenes. 

To love an enemy is the distinguished 
characteristic of a religion which is not 
of man but of God. It could be deliv- 
ered as a precept, only by him who lived 
and died to establish it by his example. 

It is the enemy whom we do not sus- 
pect who is the most dangerous. — Rojas. 

Our worst enemies are those we carry 
about with us in our own hearts. Adam 
fell in Paradise and Lucifer in heaven, 
while Lot continued righteous in Sodom. 

Let us carefully observe those good 
qualities wherein our enemies excel us, 
and endeavor to excel them by avoiding 
what is faulty, and imitating what is 
excellent in them. — Plutarch. 

I am persuaded that he who is capable 
of being a bitter enemy can never pos- 
sess the necessary virtues that constitute 
a true friend. — Fitzosborne. 

Men of sense often learn from their 
enemies. — It is from their foes, not their 
friends, that cities learn the lesson of 
building high walls and ships of war; 
and this lesson saves their children, their 
homes, and their properties. — Aristopha- 

Be assured those will be thy worst 
enemies, not to whom thou hast done 
evil, but who have done evil to thee. — 
And those will be thy best friends, not 
to whom thou hast done good, but who 
have done good to thee. — Lavater. 

Did a person but know the value of 
an enemy, he would purchase him with 
pure gold. — Raunci. 

Plutarch has written an essay on the 
benefits which a man may receive from 
his enemies; and among the good fruits 
of enmity, mentions this in particular, 
that by the reproaches which it casts 
upon us we see the worst side of our- 
selves. — Addison. 

Our enemies are our outward con- 
sciences. — Shakespeare. 

In order to have an enemy, one must 
be somebody. — One must be a force 
before he can be resisted by another 
force. — A malicious enemy is better 




than a clumsy friend. — Mad. Swetchine. 

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, 
but the reconciled one is truly van- 
quished. — Schiller. 

Whatever the number of a man's 
friends, there will be times in his life 
when he has one too few; but if he has 
only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if 
he has not one too many. — Bulwer. 

Heat not a furnace for your foe so 
hot that it do singe yourself. — Shake- 

If you want enemies, excel others; if 
friends, let others excel you. — Colton. 

Though all things do to harm him 
what they can, no greater enemy to 
himself than man. — Earl of Stirling. 

Our enemies come nearer the truth in 
the opinions they form of us than we 
do in our opinion of ourselves. — Roche- 

The fine and noble way to destroy a 
foe, is not to kill him ; with kindness you 
may so change him that he shall cease 
to be so; then he's slain. — Aleyn. 

There is no enemy can hurt us but 
by our own hands. — Satan could not hurt 
us, if our own corruption betrayed us 
not. — Afflictions cannot hurt us without 
our own impatience. — Temptations can- 
not hurt us, without our own yieldance. 
— Death could not hurt us, without the 
sting of our own sins. — Sins could not 
hurt us, without our own impenitence. — 
Bp. Hall. 

O wise man, wash your hands of that 
friend who associates with your enemies. 
— Saadi. 

" No one's enemy but his own," is 
generally the enemy of everybody with 
whom he is in relation. — His leading 
quality is a reckless imprudence, and a 
selfish pursuit of selfish enjoyments, in- 
dependent of all consequences. — He runs 
rapidly through his means; calls, in a 
friendly way, on his friends, for bonds, 
bail, and securities; involves his nearest 
kin; leaves his wife a beggar, and quar- 
ters his orphans on the public ; and after 
enjoying himself to his last guinea, en- 
tails a life of dependence upon his prog- 
eny, and dies in the ill-understood repu- 
tation of harmless folly which is more 
injurious to society than some positive 
crimes. — Mrs. Jameson. 

ENERGY. — The longer I live, the 

more deeply am I convinced that that 
which makes the difference between one 
man and another — between the weak and 
powerful, the great and insignificant, is 
energy — invisible determination — a pur- 
pose once formed, and then death or 
victory. — This quality will do anything 
that is to be done in the world; and no 
talents, no circumstances, no opportuni- 
ties will make one a man without it. — 

This world belongs to the energetic. — 

Energy will do anything that can be 
done in the world; and no talents, 
no circumstances, no opportunities will 
make a two-legged animal a man with- 
out it. — Goethe. 

To think we are able, is almost to 
be so; to determine on attainment, is 
frequently attainment itself. — Earnest 
resolution has often seemed to have 
about it almost a savor of omnipotence. 
— S. Smiles. 

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, 
which we ascribe to heaven; the fated 
sky gives us free scope ; only, doth back- 
ward pull our slow designs, when we our- 
selves are dull. — Shakespeare. 

The truest wisdom, in general, is a 
resolute determination. — Napoleon. 

The wise and active conquer difficul- 
ties by daring to attempt them. — Sloth 
and folly shiver and shrink at sight of 
toil and hazard, and make the impossi- 
bility they fear. — Rowe. 

He alone has energy who cannot be 
deprived of it. — Lavater. 

Toil, feel, think, hope; you will be 
sure to dream enough before you die, 
without arranging for it. — J. Sterling. 

There is no genius in life like the 
genius of energy and activity. — D. G. 

Resolution is omnipotent. — Determine 
to be something in the world, and you 
will be something. — Aim at excellence, 
and excellence will be attained. — This is 
the great secret of effort and eminence. 
— " I cannot do it," never accomplished 
anything ; " I will try," has wrought won- 
ders. — J. Hawes. 

The reward of a thing well done, is to 
have done it. — Emerson. 

ENJOYMENT. — Those who would 
enjoyment gain must find it in 




the purpose they pursue. — Mrs. Hale. 

No enjo3 r ment, however inconsiderable, 
is confined to the present moment. A 
man is the happier for life from having 
made once an agreeable tour, or lived for 
any length of time with pleasant people, 
or enjoyed any considerable interval of 
innocent pleasure. — Sydney Smith. 

Gratitude is the memory of the 
heart; therefore forget not to say often, 
I have all I have ever enjoyed. — Mrs. 
L. M. Child. 

Restraint is the golden rule of enjoy- 
ment. — L. E. Landon. 

He scatters enjoyment, says Lavater, 
who enjoys much; and it is equally true 
that he will enjoy much who scatters 
enjoyments to others. 

Temper your enjoyments with pru- 
dence, lest there be written on your 
heart that fearful word " satiety." — 

True enjoyment comes from activity 
of the mind and exercise of the body; 
the two are ever united. — Humboldt. 

Imperfect enjoyment is attended with 
regret; a surfeit of pleasure with dis- 
gust. There is a certain nick of time, a 
certain medium to be observed, with 
which few people are acquainted. — Evre- 

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is al- 
lowed to man. — Blair. 

I have told you of the Spaniard who 
always put on his spectacles when about 
to eat cherries, that they might look 
bigger and more tempting. In like man- 
ner I make the most of my enjoyments; 
nnd though I do not cast my cares away, 
I pack them in as little compass as I 
can, and cany them as conveniently as I 
can for myself, and never let them an- 
noy others. — Southey. 

Whatever can lead an intelligent be- 
ing to the exercise or habit of mental 
enjoyment, contributes more to his hap- 
piness than the highest sensual or mere 
bodily pleasures. The one feeds the 
soul, while the other, for the most part, 
only exhausts the frame, and too often 
injures the immortal part. 

Let all seen enjoyments lead to the 
unseen fountain from whence they flow. 
— Haliburton. 

The less you can enjoj', the poorer and 

scantier yourself; the more you can en- 
joy, the richer and more vigorous. — La- 

All solitary enjoyments quickly pall, 
or become painful. — Sharp. 

Whatever advantage or enjoyment we 
snatch beyond the certain portion al- 
lotted us by nature, is like money spent 
before it is due, which at the time of 
regular payment will be missed and re- 
gretted. — Johnson. 

The enjoyments of this present short 
life, which are indeed but puerile amuse- 
ments, must disappear when placed in 
competition with the greatness and dur- 
ability of the glory which is to come. — 

Sleep, riches, health, and so every 
blessing, are not truly and fully enjoyed 
till after they have been interrupted. — 

What we have, we prize, not to the 
worth while we enjoy it; but being 
lacked and lost, why then we rack the 
value; then we find the virtue that pos- 
session would not show us while it was 
ours. — Shakespeare. 

ENNUI. — Ennui is the desire of ac- 
tivity without the fit means of gratify- 
ing the desire. — Bancroft. 

Ennui is one of our greatest enemies; 
remunerative labor, our most lasting 
friend. — Moser. 

I do pity unlearned gentlemen on a 
rainy day. — Falkland. 

The victims of ennui paralyze all the 
grosser feelings by excess, and torpify 
all the finer by disuse and inactivity. 
Disgusted with this world and indiffer- 
ent about another, they at last lay vio- 
lent hands upon themselves, and assume 
no small credit for the sangfroid with 
which they meet death. But alas! such 
beings can scarcely be said to die, for 
they have never truly lived. — Colton. 

Ennui has, perhaps, made more gam- 
blers than avarice; more drunkards than 
thirst; and perhaps as many suicides as 
despair. — Colton. 

Ennui is a word which the French in- 
vented, though of all nations in Europe 
they know the least of it. — Bancroft. 

That which renders life burdensome to 
us, generally arises from the abuse of it. 
— Rousseau. 

As gout seems privileged to attack the 




bodies of the wealthy, so ennui seems 
to exert a similar prerogative over their 
minds. — Colton. 

Ambition itself is not so reckless of 
human life as ennui. — Clemency is a 
favorite attribute of the former, but en- 
nui has the taste of a cannibal. — Ban- 

There is nothing so insupportable to 
man as to be in entire repose, without 
passion, occupation, amusement, or ap- 
plication. Then it is that he feels his 
own nothingness, isolation, insignificance, 
dependent nature, powerlessness, empti- 
ness. Immediately there issue from his 
soul ennui, sadness, chagrin, vexation, 
despair. — Pascal. 

ENTERPRISE.— The method of the 
enterprising is to plan with audacity, 
and execute with vigor; to sketch out 
a map of possibilities, and then to treat 
them as probabilities. — Bovee. 

To do anything in this world worth 
doing, we must not stand back shiver- 
ing and thinking of the cold and danger, 
but jump in, and scramble through as 
well as we can. — Sydney Smith. 

Before undertaking any design weigh 
the story of thy action with the danger 
of the attempt. — If the glory outweigh 
the danger it is cowardice to neglect it; 
if the danger exceed the glory, it is rash- 
ness to attempt it ; if the balances stand 
poised, let thine own genius cast them. 
— Quarles. 

Kites rise against, not with the wind. 
— No man ever worked his passage any- 
where in a dead calm. — John Neal. 

Attempt the end, and never stand to 
doubt; nothing so hard but search will 
find it out. — Herrick. 

ENTHUSIASM. — Every great and 
commanding movement in the annals of 
the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. 
— Nothing great was ever achieved with- 
out it. — Emerson. 

Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely to be 
met with in seasons of calm and unruf- 
fled prosperity. — It flourishes in adver- 
sity, kindles in the hour of danger, and 
awakens to deeds of renown. — The ter- 
rors of persecution only serve to quicken 
the energy of its purposes. — It swells in 
proud integrity, and, great in the purity 
of its cause, it can scatter defiance 
amidst hosts of enemies. — Chalmers. 

The sense of this word among the 

Greeks affords the noblest definition of 
it ; enthusiasm signifies " God in us." — 
Mad. De Stael. 

Opposition always inflames the enthu- 
siast, never converts him. — Schiller. 

No virtue is safe that is not enthusi- 
astic. — Seeley. 

An excess of excitement, and a defi- 
ciency of enthusiasm, may easily charac- 
terize the same person or period. En- 
thusiasm is grave, inward, self-controlled ; 
mere excitement is outward, fantastic, 
hysterical, and passing in a moment from 
tears to laughter; from one aim to its 
very opposite. — J. Sterling. 

Truth is never to be expected from au- 
thors whose understandings are warped 
with enthusiasm; for they judge all ac- 
tions and their causes by their own per- 
verse principles, and a crooked line can 
never be the measure of a straight one. 
— Dry den. 

Nothing is so contagious as enthusi- 
asm. — It is the real allegory of the tale 
of Orpheus; it moves stones, and charms 
brutes. — It is the genius of sincerity, and 
truth accomplishes no victories without 
it. — Bulwer. 

Enlist the interests of stern morality 
and religious enthusiasm in the cause of 
political liberty, as in the time of the 
old Puritans, and it will be irresistible. — 

All noble enthusiasms pass through a 
feverish stage, and grow wiser and more 
serene. — Channing. 

Every production of genius must be 
the production of enthusiasm. — Disraeli. 

Let us recognize the beauty and power 
of true enthusiasm; and whatever we 
may do to enlighten ourselves or others, 
guard against checking or chilling a sin- 
gle earnest sentiment. — Tuckerman. 

The enthusiasm of old men is singu- 
larly like that of infancy. — Nerval. 

Great designs are not accomplished 
without enthusiasm of some sort. — It is 
the inspiration of eveiything great. — 
Without it no man is to be feared, and 
with it none despised. — Bovee. 

Enthusiasm is an evil much less to be 
dreaded than superstition. — Superstition 
is the disease of nations; enthusiasm, 
that of individuals. — The former grows 
inveterate by time; the latter is cured 
by it. — Robert Hall. 




Enthusiasts soon understand each 
other. — Irving. 

No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest, 
till half mankind were, like himself, 
possest. — Cowper. 

ENVY. — Envy has no other quality 
but that of detracting from virtue. — 

Envy is a passion so full of cowardice 
and shame, that nobody ever had the 
confidence to own it. — Rochester. 

A man that hath no virtue in himself 
ever envieth virtue in others; for men's 
minds will either feed upon their own 
good, or upon others' evil; and who 
wanteth the one will prey upon the 
other; and whoso is out of hope to at- 
tain to another's virtue, will seek to come 
at even hand by depressing another's 
fortune. — Bacon. 

Whoever feels pain in hearing a good 
character of his neighbor, will feel a 
pleasure in the reverse. And those who 
despair to rise in distinction by their 
virtues, are happy if others can be de- 
pressed to a level with themselves. — 

Envy sets the stronger seal on desert ; 
if he have no enemies, I should esteem 
his fortune most wretched. — Ben Jonson. 

Fools may our scorn, not envy raise, 
for envy is a kind of praise. — Gay. 

If our credit be so well built, so firm 
that it is not easy to be shaken by 
calumny or insinuation, envy then com- 
mends us, and extols us beyond reason 
to those upon whom we depend, till 
they grow jealous, and so blow us up 
when they cannot throw us down. — 

All envy is proportionate to desire ; 
we are uneasy at the attainments of 
another, according as we think our own 
happiness would be advanced by the 
addition of that which he withholds from 
us ; and therefore whatever depresses im- 
moderate wishes, will, at the same time, 
set the heart free from the corrosion of 
envy, and exempt us from that vice 
which is, above most others, tormenting 
to ourselves, hateful to the world, and 
productive of mean artifices and sordid 
pro j ects. — Johnson. 

If we did but know how little some 
enjoy of the great things that they pos- 
sess, there would not be much envy in 
the world. — Young. 

The truest mark of being born with 
great qualities, is being born without 
envy. — Rochejoucauld. 

Every other sin hath some pleasure 
annexed to it, or will admit of some ex- 
cuse, but envy wants both. — We should 
strive against it, for if indulged in it 
will be to us as a foretaste of hell upon 
earth. — Burton. 

Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue 
but, like a shadow, proves the substance 
true. — Pope. 

Many men profess to hate another, 
but no man owns envy, as being an en- 
mity or displeasure for no cause but an- 
other's goodness or felicity. — Jeremy 

Emulation looks out for merits, that 
she may exalt herself by a victory; envy 
spies out blemishes, that she may lower 
another by a defeat. — Colton. 

Envy is like a fly that passes all a 
body's sounder parts, and dwells upon 
the sores. — Chapman. 

Envy feels not its own happiness but 
when it may be compared with the mis- 
ery of others. — Johnson. 

Other passions have objects to flatter 
them, and which seem to content and 
satisfy them for a while. — There is power 
in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf 
in covetousness ; but envy can gain noth- 
ing but vexation. — Montaigne. 

There is no surer mark of the absence 
of the highest moral and intellectual 
qualities than a cold reception of excel- 
lence. — Bailey. 

Base rivals, who true wit and merit 
hate, maliciously aspire to gain renown, 
by standing up, and pulling others down. 
— Dry den. 

Base envy withers at another's joy, 
and hates the excellence it cannot reach. 
— Thomson. 

Envy, like the worm, never runs but 
to the fairest fruit; like a cunning blood- 
hound, it singles out the fattest deer in 
the flock. — Abraham's riches were the 
Philistines' envy, and Jacob's blessings 
had Esau's hatred. — Beaumont. 

Envy is but the smoke of low estate, 
ascending still against the fortunate. — 

Envy always implies conscious inferi- 
ority wherever it resides. — Pliny. 




No crime is so great to envy as dar- 
ing to excel. — Churchill. 

We are often vain of even the most 
criminal of our passions; but envy is so 
shameful a passion that we never dare 
to acknowledge it. — Rochefoucauld. 

The envious praise only that which 
they can surpass; that which surpasses 
them they censure. — Cotton. 

Men of noble birth are noted to be 
envious toward new men when they rise ; 
for the distance is altered; it is like a 
deceit of the eye, that when others come 
on they think themselves go back. — 

Envy ought to have no place allowed 
it in the heart of man; for the goods of 
this present world are so vile and low 
that they are beneath it; and those of 
the future world are so vast and exalted 
that they are above it. — Colton. 

If envy, like anger, did not burn it- 
self in its own fire, and consume and 
destroy those persons it possesses before 
it can destroy those it wishes worst to, 
it would set the whole world on fire, 
and leave the most excellent persons the 
most miserable. — Clarendon. 

Envy, if surrounded on all sides by 
the brightness of another's prosperity, 
like the scorpion confined within a circle 
of fire, will sting itself to death. — Colton. 

Envy makes us see what will serve 
to accuse others, and not perceive what 
may justify them. — Bp. Wilson. 

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth 
envy consume a man. — Chrysostom. 

The envious man grows lean at the 
success of his neighbor. — Horace. 

The benevolent have the advantage 
of the envious, even in this present life ; 
for the envious man is tormented not 
only by all the ill that befalls himself, 
but by all the good that happens to an- 
other; whereas the benevolent man is 
the better prepared to bear his own ca- 
lamities unruffled, from the complacency 
and serenity he has secured from con- 
templating the prosperity of all around 
him. — Colton. 

EPITAPHS. — They are the abstract 
and brief chronicles of the time; after 
your death you were better have a bad 
epitaph than their ill report while you 
live. — Shakespeare. 

Some persons make their own epi- 

taphs, and bespeak the reader's good- 
will. It were, indeed, to be wished, that 
every man would early learn in this man- 
ner to make his own, and that he would 
draw it up in terms as flattering as pos- 
sible, and that he would make it the 
employment of his whole life to deserve 
it. — Goldsmith. 

Do ye not laugh, O, listening friends, 
when men praise those dead whose vir- 
tues they discovered not when living?— 
It takes much marble to build the sepul- 
chre. — How little of lath and plaster 
would have repaired the garret! — Bul- 

If all would speak as kindly of the 
living as in epitaphs they do of the dead, 
slander and censorious gossip would soon 
be strangers in the world. 

EQUALITY.— All men are by nature 
equal, made, all, of the same earth by 
the same Creator, and however we de- 
ceive ourselves, as dear to God is the 
poor peasant as the mighty prince. — 

By the law of God, given by him to 
humanity, all men are free, are brothers, 
and are equals. — Mazzini. 

In the gates of eternity the black hand 
and the white hold each other with an 
equal clasp. — Mrs. Stowe. 

Equality is the share of every one at 
their advent upon earth; and equality 
is also theirs when placed beneath it. — 

Liberty, equality — bad principles! The 
only true principle for humanity is jus- 
tice; and justice to the feeble is protec- 
tion and kindness. — Amiel. 

Your fat king, and your lean beggar, 
is but variable service; two dishes, but 
to one table; that is the end. — Shake- 

Kings and their subjects, masters and 
slaves, find a common level in two places 
— at the foot of the cross and in the 
grave. — Colton. 

It is not true that equality is a law 
of nature. — Nature has no equality. — Its 
sovereign law is subordination and de- 
pendence. — Vauvenargues. 

If by saying that all men are born 
free and equal, } r ou mean that they are 
all equally born, it is true, but true in 
no other sense; birth, talent, labor, vir- 




tue, and providence, are forever making 
differences. — Eugene Edwards. 

Let them ease their hearts with prate 
of equal rights, which man never knew. 
— Byron. 

So far is it from being true that men 
are naturally equal, that no two people 
can be half an hour together but one 
shall acquire an evident superiority over 
the other. — Johnson. 

Society is a more level surface than 
we imagine. Wise men or absolute fools 
are hard to be met with; and there are 
few giants or dwarfs. — Hazlitt. 

They who say all men are equal speak 
an undoubted truth, if they mean that 
all have an equal right to liberty, to 
their property, and to their protection 
of the laws. — But they are mistaken if 
they think men are equal in their sta- 
tion and employments, since they are 
not so by their talents. — Voltaire. 

Equality is one of the most consum- 
mate scoundrels that ever crept from the 
brain of a political juggler — a fellow who 
thrusts his hand into the pocket of hon- 
est industry or enterprising talent, and 
squanders their hard-earned profits on 
profligate idleness or indolent stupidity. 
— Paulding. 

Men are by nature unequal. — It is 
vain, therefore, to treat them as if they 
were equal. — Froude. 

Some must follow, and some com- 
mand, though all are made of clay. — 

The equality of conditions is more 
complete in the Christian countries of 
the present day, than it has been at any 
time, or in any part of the world. — Its 
gradual development is a providential 
fact, and it possesses all the characteris- 
tics of a. divine decree; it is universal, 
it is durable, and it constantly eludes all 
human interference; and all events, as 
well as all men, contribute to its prog- 
ress. — De Tocqueville. 

Whatever difference there may appear 
to be in men's fortunes, there is still a 
certain compensation of good and ill in 
all, that makes them equal. — Chan on. 

When the political power of the clergy 
was founded and began to exert itself, 
and they opened their ranks to all 
classes, to the poor and the rich, the 
villain and the lord, equality penetrated 

into the government through the church ; 
and the being who as a serf must have 
vegetated in perpetual bondage, took his 
place, as a priest, in the midst of nobles, 
and not unfrequently above the head of 
kings. — De Tocqueville. 

EQUANIMITY. — In this thing one 
man is superior to another, that he is 
better able to bear prosperity or ad- 
versity. — Philemon. 

The excellence of equanimity is be- 
yond all praise. — One of this disposition 
is not dejected in adversity, nor elated 
in prosperity : he is affable to others, and 
contented in himself. — Buck. 

EQUITY. — Equity is a roguish thing. 
— For law we have a measure, and know 
what to trust to; equity is according to 
the conscience of him that is chancellor, 
and as that is larger or narrower, so is 
equity. — It is all one as if they should 
make the standard for the measure we 
call a foot, a chancellor's foot. — What an 
uncertain measure would this be! — One 
chancellor has a long foot; another, a 
short foot; a third, an indifferent foot. 
— It is the same thing with the chancel- 
lor's conscience. — Selden. 

Equity is that exact rule of righteous- 
ness or justice which is to be observed 
between man and man. — It is beautifully 
and comprehensively expressed in the 
words of the Saviour, " All things what- 
soever ye would that men should do to 
you, do ye even so to them, for this is 
the law and the prophets." — Buck. 

Equity in law is the same that the 
spirit is in religion, what every one 
pleases to make it: sometimes they go 
according to conscience, sometimes ac- 
cording to law, sometimes according to 
the rule of court. — Selden. 

EQUIVOCATION. — I doubt the 
equivocation of the fiend that lies like 
truth. — Shakespeare. 

A sudden lie may sometimes be only 
manslaughter upon truth ; but by a care- 
fully constructed equivocation truth is 
always, with malice aforethought, delib- 
erately murdered. — Morley. 

Be these juggling fiends no more be- 
lieved, that palter with us in a double 
sense; that keep the word of promise 
to our ear, and break it to our hope. — 

When thou art obliged to speak, be 
sure to speak the truth; for equivocation 




is half way to lying, and lying is the 
whole way to hell. — Penn. 

He who is guilty of equivocation, may 
well be suspected of hypocrisy. — Maun- 

We must speak by the card, or equivo- 
cation will undo us. — Shakespeare. 

There is no possible excuse for a 
guarded lie. — Enthusiastic and impulsive 
people will sometimes falsify thought- 
lessly, but equivocation is malice pre- 
pense. — H. Ballou. 

The lie indirect is often as bad, and 
always meaner and more cowardly than 
the lie direct. 

ERROR.— (See " Truth.") 

Find earth where grows no weed, and 
you may find a heart wherein no error 
grows. — Knowles. 

Men err from selfishness; women be- 
cause they are weak. — Mad. De Stael. 

There are errors which no wise man 
will treat with rudeness, while there is 
a probability that they may be the re- 
fraction of some great truth still below 
the horizon. — Coleridge. 

Our understandings are always liable 
to error. — Nature and certainty are very 
hard to come at, and infallibility is mere 
vanity and pretence. — Marcus Antoninus. 

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous 
error to an afflicted truth. — Jeremy Tay- 

A man should never be ashamed to 
own he has been in the wrong, which is 
but saying, in other words, that he is 
wiser to-day than he was yesterday. — 

The copy-books tell us that " to err 
is human." That is wrong. To err is 
inhuman, to be holy is to live in the 
straight line of duty and of truth to 
God's life in every intrinsic existence. — 
Phillips Brooks. 

My principal method for defeating er- 
ror and heresy, is, by establishing the 
truth. One purposes to fill a bushel with 
tares; but if I can fill it first with wheat, 
I may defy his attempts. — John New- 

Wrong conduct is far more powerful 
to produce erroneous thinking, than er- 
roneous thinking to produce wrong con- 
duct. — /. S. Kieffer. 

Error commonly has some truth in 

what it affirms, is wrong generally in 
what it denies. — F. L. Patton. 

Half the truth will very often amount 
to absolute falsehood. — Whately. 

No tempting form of error is without 
some latent charm derived from truth. 
— Keith. 

It is only an error of judgment to 
make a mistake, but it argues an in- 
firmity of character to adhere to it when 
discovered. The Chinese say, " The 
glory is not in never falling, but in ris- 
ing every time you fall." — Bovee. 

It is almost as difficult to make a man 
unlearn his errors as his knowledge. 
Malinformation is more hopeless than 
non-information; for error is always 
more busy than ignorance. Ignorance 
is a blank sheet, on which we may write ; 
but error is a scribbled one, from which 
we must first erase. Ignorance is con- 
tented to stand still with her back to 
the truth; but error is more presumptu- 
ous, and proceeds in the wrong direc- 
tion. Ignorance has no light, but error 
follows a false one. The consequence is, 
that error, when she retraces her steps, 
has farther to go before she can arrive 
at truth, than ignorance. — Colton. 

Few practical errors in the world are 
embraced on conviction, but on inclina- 
tion; for though the judgment may err 
on account of weakness, yet, where one 
error enters at this door, ten are let into 
it through the will; that, for the most 
part, being set upon those things which 
truth is a direct obstacle to the enjoy- 
ment of; and where both cannot be had, 
a man will be sure to buy his enjoyment, 
though he pays down truth for the pur- 
chase. — South. 

In all science error precedes the truth, 
and it is better it should go first than 
last. — Walpolc. 

Errors to be dangerous must have a 
great deal of truth mingled with them. 
— It is only from this alliance that they 
can ever obtain an extensive circulation. 
— From pure extravagance, and genuine, 
unmingled falsehood, the world never 
has, and never can sustain any mischief. 
— Syd?iey Smith. 

Our greatest glory is not in never fall- 
ing, but in rising every time we fall. — 

If any one sincerely, candidly, un- 
selfishly tries to understand and to obey 




the voice of divine wisdom, he will not 
go fatally astray. — H. L. Wayland. 

There is no error so crooked but it 
hath in it some lines of truth, nor is any 
poison so deadly that it serveth not some 
wholesome use. — Spurn not a seeming 
error, but dig below its surface for the 
truth. — Tupper. 

Error is sometimes so nearly allied to 
truth that it blends with it as imper- 
ceptibly as the colors of the rainbow 
fade into each other. — Clulow. 

Error of opinion may be tolerated 
where reason is left free to combat it. — 

Error is not a fault of our knowledge, 
but a mistake of our judgment giving 
assent to that which is not true. — Locke. 

Sometimes we may learn more from a 
man's errors, than from his virtues. — 

From the errors of others a wise man 
corrects his own. — Publius Syrus. 

False doctrine does not necessarily 
make the man a heretic, but an evil 
heart can make any doctrine heretical. — ■ 

To make no mistakes is not in the 
power of man; but from their errors and 
mistakes the wise and good learn wis- 
dom for the future. — Plutarch. 

The least error should humble, but 
we should never permit even the great- 
est to discourage us. — Potter. 

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridi- 
culed. — Chesterfield. 

Errors of theory or doctrine are not 
so much false statements, as partial 
statements. — Half a truth received, while 
the corresponding half is unknown or re- 
jected, is a practical falsehood. — Try on 

There is nothing so true that the 
damps of error have not warped it. — 

The consistency of great error with 
great virtue, is one of the lessons of uni- 
versal history. — But error is not made 
harmless by such associations. — False 
theories, though held by the greatest 
and best of men, and though not thor- 
oughly believed, have wrought much 
evil. — Channing. 

All errors spring up in the neighbor- 
hood of some truth; they grow round 
about it, and, for the most part, derive 

their strength from such contiguity. — 
T. Binney. 

Whatever is only almost true is quite 
false, and among the most dangerous 
of errors, because being so near truth, 
it is the more likely to lead astray. — 
Precise knowledge is the only true 
knowledge, and he who does not teach 
exactly, does not teach at all. — H. W. 

In its influence on the soul, error has 
been compared to a magnet concealed 
near the ship's compass. — As in the 
latter case, the more favorable the winds, 
and the greater the diligence and skill 
in working the ship, the more rapidly 
will it be speeded on in a wrong course ; 
and so in the former, the greater the 
struggle for safety, the more speedy the 
progress to ruin. — Try on Edwards. 

There will be mistakes in divinity 
while men preach, and errors in govern- 
ments while men govern. — Dudley Carle- 

The little I have seen of the world 
teaches me to look upon the errors of 
others in sorrow, not in anger. When I 
take the history of one poor heart that 
has sinned and suffered, and think of the 
struggles and temptations it has passed 
through, the brief pulsations of joy, the 
feverish inquietude of hope and fear, the 
pressure of want, the desertion of 
friends, I would fain leave the erring 
soul of my fellow-man with Him from 
whose hands it came. — Longfellow. 

ESTEEM.— The chief ingredients in 
the composition of those qualities that 
gain esteem and praise, are good nature, 
truth, good sense, and good breeding. — 

The esteem of wise and good men is 
the greatest of all temporal encourage- 
ments to virtue; and it is a mark of an 
abandoned spirit to have no regard to 
it. — Burke. 

Esteem has more engaging charms 
than friendship and even love. — It cap- 
tivates hearts better, and never makes 
ingrates. — Rochefoucauld. 

Esteem cannot be where there is no 
confidence; and there can be no con- 
fidence where there is no respect. — Giles. 

We have so exalted a notion of the 
human soul that we cannot bear to be 
despised, or even not to be esteemed by 




it. — Man, in fact, places all his happi- 
ness in this esteem. — Pascal. 

All true love is founded on esteem. — 

ESTIMATION.— A life spent worthily 
should be measured by deeds, not years. 
— Sheridan. 

To judge of the real importance of 
an individual, we should think of the 
effect his death would produce. — Levis. 

It is seldom that a man labors well in 
his minor department unless he over- 
rates it. — It is lucky for us that the bee 
does not look upon the honeycomb in 
the same light we do. — Whately. 

Men judge us by the success of our 
efforts. God looks at the efforts them- 
selves. — Charlotte Elizabeth. 

ETERNITY.— (See " Future State.") 

What is eternity? was asked of a deaf 
and dumb pupil, and the beautiful and 
striking answer was, " It is the lifetime 
of the Almighty." 

Eternity is a negative idea clothed 
with a positive name. — It supposes, in 
that to which it is applied, a present ex- 
istence, and is the negation of a begin- 
ning or an end of that existence. — Paley. 

No man can pass into eternity, for he 
is already in it. — Farrar. 

This is the world of seeds, of causes, 
and of tendencies ; the other is the world 
of harvests and results and of perfected 
and eternal consequences. 

Eternity, thou pleasing dreadful 
thought! through what variety of un- 
tried being! through what new scenes 
and changes must we pass! The wide, 
the unbounded prospect lies before me; 
but shadows, clouds, and darkness rest 
upon it. — Addison. 

He that will often put eternity and 
the world before him, and will dare to 
look steadfastly at both of them, will 
find that the more he contemplates 
them, the former will grow greater and 
the latter less. — Colton. 

The wish falls often, warm upon my 
heart, that I may learn nothing here that 
I cannot continue in the other world; 
that I may do nothing here but deeds 
that will bear fruit in heaven. — Richter. 

The most momentous concern of man 
is the state he shall enter upon after 
this short and transitory life is ended; 
and in proportion as eternity is of 

greater importance than time, so ought 
men to be solicitous upon what grounds 
their expectations with regard to that 
durable state are built, and on what as- 
surances their hopes or their fears stand. 
— Clarke. 

How vast is eternity! — It will swallow 
up all the human race; it will collect all 
the intelligent universe; it will open 
scenes and prospects wide enough, great 
enough, and various enough to fix the 
attention, and absorb the minds of all 
intelligent beings forever. — Emmons. 

Every natural longing has its natural 
satisfaction. If we thirst, God has 
created liquids to gratify thirst. If we 
are susceptible of attachment, there are 
beings to gratify that love. If we thirst 
for life and love eternal, it is likely that 
there are an eternal life and an eternal 
love to satisfy that craving. — F. W. 

Eternity invests every state, whether 
of bliss or suffering, with a mysterious 
and awful importance entirely its own. 
— It gives weight and moment to what- 
ever it attaches, compared to which all 
interests that know a period fade into 
absolute insignificance. — Robert Hall. 

The sum and substance of the prepa- 
ration needed for a coming eternity is, 
that we believe what the Bible tells us, 
and do what the Bible bids us. — Chal- 

There is, I know not how, in the minds 
of men, a certain presage, as it were, of 
a future existence, and this takes the 
deepest root, and is most discoverable 
in the greatest geniuses and most exalted 
souls. — Cicero. 

Eternity looks grander and kinder if 
time grows meaner and more hostile. — 

All great natures delight in stability; 
all great men find eternity affirmed in 
the very promise of their faculties. — 

The grand difficulty is so to feel the 
reality of both worlds as to give each 
its due place in our thoughts and feel- 
ings — to keep our mind's eye, and our 
heart's eye, ever fixed on the land of 
Promise, without looking away from 
the road along which we are to travel 
toward it. — Hare. 

The eternal world is not merely a 
world beyond time and the grave. It 




embraces time; it is ready to realize 
itself under all the forms of temporal 
things. Its light and power are latent 
everywhere, waiting for human souls 
to welcome it, ready to break through 
the transparent veil of earthly things 
and to suffuse with its ineffable radiance 
the common life of man. — John Caird. 

The thought of eternity consoles for 
the shortness of life. — Malesherbes. 

The disappointed man turns his 
thoughts toward a state of existence 
where his wiser desires may be fixed with 
the certainty of faith. — The successful 
man feels that the objects he has ar- 
dently pursued fail to satisfy the crav- 
ing of an immortal spirit. The wicked 
man turneth away from his wickedness, 
that he may save his soul alive. — 

Eternity stands always fronting God; 
a stern colossal image, with blind eyes, 
and grand dim lips, that murmur ever- 
more, " God — God — God ! " — E. B 

Our object in life should be to accu- 
mulate a great number of grand ques- 
tions to be asked and resolved in eter- 
nity. — Now we ask the sage, the genius, 
the philosopher, the divine, but none 
can tell; but we will open our queries 
to other respondents — we will ask angels, 
redeemed spirits, and God. — Foster. 

What we call eternity may be but an 
endless series of the transitions which 
men call deaths, abandonments of home, 
going ever to fairer scenes and loftier 
heights. — Age after age, the spirit — that 
glorious nomad — may shift its tent, 
carrying with it evermore its elements, 
activity and desire. — Bulwer. 

Let me dream that love goes with us 
to the shore unknown. — Mrs. Hemans. 

ETIQUETTE. — A man may with 
more impunity be guilty of an actual 
breach, either of real good breeding or 
good morals, than appear ignorant of the 
most minute points of fashionable eti- 
quette. — Walter Scott. 

We must conform, to a certain extent, 
to the conventionalities of society, for 
they are the ripened results of a varied 
and long experience. — A. A. Hodge. 

Good taste rejects excessive nicety; it 
treats little things as little things, and 
is not hurt by them. — Fenelon. 

EVASION. — Evasions are the com- 

mon shelter of the hard-hearted, the 
false, and the impotent when called upon 
to assist; the real great, alone plan in- 
stantaneous help, even when their looks 
or words presage difficulties. — Lavater. 

Evasion is unworthy of us, and is al- 
ways the intimate of equivocation. — 

Evasion, like equivocation, comes gen- 
erally from a cowardly or a deceiving 
spirit, or from both; afraid to speak out 
its sentiments, or from guile concealing 

EVENING. — Now came still evening 
on, and twilight gray had in her sober 
livery all things clad. — Milton. 

A paler shadow strews its mantle over 
the mountains; parting day dies like 
the dolphin, whom each pang imbues 
with a new color as it gasps away. — 

The evening came. — The setting sun 
stretched his celestial rods of light across 
the level landscape, and like the miracle 
in Egypt, smote the rivers, the brooks, 
and the ponds, and they became as 
blood. — Longfellow. 

Evening is the delight of virtuous 
age; it seems an emblem of the tranquil 
close of a busy life — serene, placid, and 
mild, with the impress of the great 
Creator stamped upon it; it spreads its 
quiet wings over the grave, and seems 
to promise that all shall be peace be- 
yond it. — Bulwer. 

There is an evening twilight of the 
heart, when its wild passion waves are 
lulled to rest. — Halleck. 

EVENTS.— Events of all sorts creep 
or fly exactly as God pleases. — Cowper. 

Coming events cast their shadows be- 
fore. — Campbell. 

Often do the spirits of great events 
stride on before the events, and in to- 
day already walks to-morrow. — Cole- 

There is little peace or comfort in life 
if we are always anxious as to future 
events. — He that worries himself with 
the dread of possible contingencies will 
never be at rest. — Johnson. 

EVIDENCE. — Upon any given point, 
contradictory evidence seldom puzzles 
the man who has mastered the laws of 
evidence, but he knows little of the laws 
of evidence who has not studied the un- 




written law of the human heart; and 
without this last knowledge a man of 
action will not attain to the practical, 
nor will a poet achieve the ideal. — 

Hear one side and you will be in the 
dark; hear both sides, and all will be 
clear. — Haliburton. 

EVILS. — Evil is in antagonism with 
the entire creation. — Zschokke. 

If we rightly estimate what we call 
good and evil, we shall find it lies much 
in comparison. — Locke. 

Physical evils destroy themselves, or 
they destroy us. — Rousseau. 

By the very constitution of our na- 
ture, moral evil is its own curse. — Chal- 

This is the course of every evil deed, 
that, propagating still it brings forth 
evil . — Coleridge. 

There is this good in real evils, — they 
deliver us, while they last, from the 
petty despotism of all that were im- 
aginary. — Colton. 

Even in evil, that dark cloud that 
hangs over creation, we discern rays 
of light and hope, and gradually come 
to see, in suffering and temptation, 
proofs and instruments of the sublimest 
purposes of wisdom and love. — Chan- 

To be free from evil thoughts is God's 
best gift. — JEschylus. 

It is some compensation for great 
evils, that they enforce great lessons. — 

All physical evils are so many beacon 
lights to warn us from vice. — Bowen. 

The existence of evil, as Whately well 
says, is the great theological difficulty; 
and the apparent want of success of 
good men in overcoming it, is but one 
branch of this difficulty. — Bristed. 

The first lesson of history, is, that evil 
is good. — Emerson. 

Many have puzzled themselves about 
the origin of evil. I am content to ob- 
serve that there is evil, and that there 
is a way to escape from it, and with this 
I begin and end. — John Newton. 

Good has but one enemy, the evil ; but 
the evil has two enemies, the good and 
itself.—/. Von Muller. 

Evil is but the shadow, that, in this 

world, always accompanies good. — You 
may have a world without shadow, but 
it will be a world without light — a mere 
dim, twilight world. If you would 
deepen the intensity of the light, you 
must be content to bring into deeper 
blackness and more distinct and definite 
outline, the shade that accompanies it. 
— F. W. Robertson. 

He who dees evil that good may 
come, pays a toll to the devil to let him 
into heaven. — Hare. 

There is nothing truly evil, but what 
is within us; the rest is either natural 
or accidental.— Sir P. Sidney. 

We sometimes learn more from the 
sight of evil than from an example of 
good; and it is well to accustom our- 
selves to profit by the evil which is so 
common, while that which is good is so 
rare. — Pascal. 

If we could annihilate evil we should 
annihilate hope, and hope is the avenue 
of faith. — Bulwer. 

Imaginary evils soon become real by 
indulging our reflections on them; as he 
who in a melancholy fancy sees some- 
thing like a face on the wall or the 
wainscot, can, by two or three touches 
with a lead pencil, make it look visible, 
and agreeing with what he fancied. — 

It is a great evil not to be able to bear 
an evil. — Bion. 

As it is the chief concern of wise men 
to retrench the evils of life by the rea- 
sonings of philosophy, it is the employ- 
ment of fools to multiply them by the 
sentiments of superstition. — Addison. 

The lives of the best of us are spent 
in choosing between evils. — Junius. 

If you do what you should not, j r ou 
must bear what you would not. — 

We cannot do evil to others without 
doing it to ourselves. — Desmahis. 

The first evil choice or act is linked to 
the second; and each one to the one 
that follows, both by the tendency of 
our evil nature and by the power of 
habit, which holds us as by a destiny. — 
As Lessing says, " Let the devil catch 
you but by a single hair, and you are his 
forever." — Tryon Edwards. 

He who is in evil, is also in the 
punishment of evil. — Swcdenborg. 




As there is much beast and some devil 
in man, so there is some angel and some 
God in him. — The beast and devil may 
be conquered, but in this life are never 
destroyed. — Coleridge. 

Much that we call evil is really good 
in disguise; and we should not quarrel 
rashly with adversities not yet under- 
stood, nor overlook the mercies often 
bound up in them. — Sir T. Browne. 

It is a proof of our natural bias to 
evil, that in all things good, gain is 
harder and slower than loss; but in all 
things bad or evil, getting is quicker and 
easier than getting rid of them. — Hare. 

All evil, in fact the very existence of 
evil, is inexplicable till we refer to the 
fatherhood of God. — It hangs a huge 
blot in the universe till the orb of divine 
love rises behind it. — In that we detect 
its meaning. — It appears to us but a 
finite shadow, as it passes across the 
disk of infinite light. — E. H. Chapin. 

The evil that men do lives after them; 
the good is oft interred with their bones. 
— Shakespeare. 

Never let a man imagine that he can 
pursue a good end by evil means, with- 
out sinning against his own soul. — The 
evil effect on himself is certain. — 

The truest definition of evil is that 
which represents it as something con- 
trary to nature. — Evil is evil because 
it is unnatural. — A vine which should 
bear olive-berries — an eye to which blue 
seems yellow, would be diseased. — An 
unnatural mother, an unnatural son, an 
unnatural act, are the strongest terms 
of condemnation. — F. W. Robertson. 

Evils in the journey of life are like 
the- hills which alarm travelers on their 
road. — Both appear great at a distance, 
but when we approach them we find 
they are far less insurmountable than 
we had conceived. — Colton. 

There is some soul of goodness in 
things evil, would men observantly dis- 
til it out. — Shakespeare. 

For every evil there is a remedy, or 
there is not ; if there is one I try to find 
it; and if there is not, I never mind it. 
— Miss Mulock. 

Every evil to which we do not suc- 
cumb is a benefactor. — As the Sandwich 
Islander believes that the strength and 
valor of the enemy he kills passes into 

himself, so we gain the strength oi the 
temptation we resist. — Emerson. 

There are thousands hacking at the 
branches of evil to one who is striking 
at the root. — Thoreau. 

There are three modes of bearing the 
ills of life: by indifference, which is the 
most common; by philosophy, which is 
the most ostentatious; and by religion, 
which is the most effectual. — Colton. 

With every exertion the best of men 
can do but a moderate amount of good; 
but it seems in the power of the most 
contemptible individual to do incalcul- 
able mischief. — Washington Irving. 

All evils natural, are moral goods; all 
discipline, indulgence on the whole. — 

In the history of man it has been very 
generally the case, that when evils have 
grown insufferable they have touched 
the point of cure. — E. H. Chapin. 

Evil is wrought by want of thought, 
as well as by want of heart. — Hood. 

As surely as God is good, so surely 
there is no such thing as necessary evil. 
— Southey. 

Not to return one good office for an- 
other is inhuman; but to return evil 
for good is diabolical. There are too 
many even of this sort, who, the more 
they owe, the more they hate. — Seneca. 

EVIL SPEAKING.— A good word is 
an easy obligation; but not to speak ill, 
requires only our silence, which costs 
us nothing. — Tillotson. 

It is safer to affront some people than 
to oblige them : for the better a man de- 
serves the worse they will speak of 
him; as if the possessing of open hatred 
to their benefactors were an argument 
that they lie under no obligation. — 

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil 
word. — Shakespeare. 

How much better it is that he should 
speak ill of me to all the world, than 
all the world speak ill of me to him. — 

It may be asked, — whether the incon- 
veniences and ill-effects which the world 
feels from the licentiousness of this prac- 
tice, are not sufficiently counterbalanced 
by the real influence it has upon men's 
lives and conduct? — for if there was no 
evil-speaking in the world, thousands 




would be encouraged to do ills, and 
would rush into many indecorums, like 
a horse into the battle, were they sure 
to escape the tongues of men. — Sterne. 

Evil report, like the Italian stiletto, is 
an assassin's weapon. — Mad. de Main- 

It is not good to speak evil of all 
whom we know to be bad; it is worse to 
judge evil of any who may prove good. 
— To speak ill upon knowledge shows a 
want of charity; to speak ill upon sus- 
picion shows a want of honesty. — To 
know evil of others and not speak it is 
sometimes discretion; to speak evil of 
others and not know it, is always dis- 
honesty. — A. Warwick. 

Where the speech is corrupted, the 
mind is also. — Seneca. 

When will talkers refrain from evil 
speaking? — When listeners refrain from 
evil hearing. — Hare. 

EXAGGERATION. — Some persons 
are exaggerators by temperament. — 
They do not mean untruth, but their 
feelings are strong, and their imagina- 
tions vivid, so that their statements are 
largely discounted by those of calm 
judgment and cooler temperament. — 
They do not realize that " we always 
weaken what we exaggerate." — Try on 

Exaggeration is a blood relation to 
falsehood, and nearly as blameable. — 
H. Ballon. 

Exaggeration, as to rhetoric, is using 
a vast force to lift a feather; as to 
morals and character, it is using false- 
hood to lift one's self out of the confi- 
dence of his fellowmen. 

There are some persons who would 
not for their lives tell a direct and wil- 
ful lie, but who so exaggerate that it 
seems as if for their lives they could 
not tell the exact truth. — Paget. 

Never speak by superlatives; for in so 
doing you will be likely to wound either 
truth or prudence. Exaggeration is 
neither thoughtful, wise, nor safe. It is 
a proof of the weakness of the under- 
standing, or the want of discernment of 
him that utters it, so that even when he 
speaks the truth, he soon finds it is 
received with partial, or even utter un- 

There is a sort of harmless liars, fre- 
quently to be met with in company, who 

deal much in the marvellous. Their 
usual intention is to please and enter- 
tain : but as men are most delighted with 
what they conceive to be truth, these 
people mistake the means of pleasing, 
and incur universal blame. — Hume. 

The habit of exaggeration becomes, in 
time, a slavish necessity, and they who 
practise it pass their lives in a kind of 
mental telescope through whose magni- 
fying medium they look upon them- 
selves, and everything around them. — 
J. B. Owen. 

Perfectly truthful men of vivid im- 
agination and great force of sentiment 
often feel so warmly, and express them- 
selves so strongly, as to give what they 
say a disagreeable air of exaggeration 
and almost of falsehood. — /. F. Boyes. 

Exaggerated language employed on 
trivial occasions spoils that simplicity 
and singleness of mind so necessary to 
a right judgment of ourselves and others. 

Those who exaggerate in their state- 
ments belittle themselves. — C. Simmons. 

Some men can never state an ordinary 
fact in ordinary terms. — All their geese 
are swans, till you see the birds. — ■/. B. 

There is no strength in exaggeration; 
even the truth is weakened by being ex- 
pressed too strongly. 

EXAMPLE. — There is a transcendent 
power in example. We reform others 
unconsciously, when we walk uprightly. 
— Mad. Swetchine. 

Men trust rather to their eyes than 
to their ears. — The effect of precepts is, 
therefore, slow and tedious, while that 
of examples is summary and effectual. 
— Seneca. 

Example is more forcible than pre- 
cept. — People look at my six days in 
the week to see what I mean on the 
seventh. — Cecil. 

People seldom improve when they 
have no model but themselves to copy 
after. — Goldsmith. 

Nothing is so infectious as example. — 
Charles Kingsley. 

We can do more good by being good, 
than in any other way. — Rowland Hill. 

Though " the words of the wise be as 
nails fastened by the masters of as- 
semblies," yet their examples are the 
hammer to drive them in to take the 




deeper hold. A father that whipped his 
son for swearing, and swore himself 
whilst he whipped him, did more harm 
by his example than good by his cor- 
rection. — Fuller. 

Example is the school of mankind; 
they will learn at no other. — Burke. 

Noble examples stir us up to noble 
actions, and the very history of large 
and public souls inspires a man with 
generous thoughts. — Seneca. 

I am satisfied that we are less con- 
vinced by what we hear than by what 
we see. — Herodotus. 

The first great gift we can bestow on 
others is a good example. — Morell. 

So act that your principle of action 
might safely be made a law for the 
whole world. — Kant. 

It is certain, that either wise bearing 
or ignorant carriage is caught, as men 
take diseases one of another; therefore, 
let them take heed of their company. — 

No man is so insignificant as to be 
sure his example can do no hurt. — Lord 

The innocence of the intention abates 
nothing of the mischief of the example. 
— Robert Hall. 

One watch set right will do to set 
many b}^; one that goes wrong may be 
the means of misleading a whole neigh- 
borhood; and the same may be said of 
example. — Dilwin. 

Be a pattern to others, and then all 
will go well; for as a whole city is in- 
fected by the licentious passions and 
vices of great men, so it is likewise re- 
formed by their moderation. — Cicero. 

Alexander received more bravery of 
mind by the pattern of Achilles, than 
by hearing the definition of fortitude. 
— Sir P. Sidney. 

A wise and good man will turn ex- 
amples of all sorts to his own advantage. 
The good he will make his patterns, and 
strive to equal or excel them. The 
bad he will by all means avoid. — Thomas 
a Kempis. 

In early life I had nearly been be- 
trayed into the principles of infidelity; 
but there was one argument in favor of 
Christianity that I could not refute, and 
that was the consistent character and 
example of my own father. 

Thou canst not rebuke in children 
what they see practised in thee. — Till 
reason be ripe, examples direct more 
than precepts. — Such as is thy behavior 
before thy children's faces, such is theirs 
behind thy back. — Quarles. 

Live with wolves, and you will learn 
to howl. — Spanish Proverb. 

My advice is to consult the lives of 
other men, as one would a looking-glass, 
and from thence fetch examples for 
imitation. — Terence. 

Example has more followers than rea- 
son. — We unconsciously imitate what 
pleases us, and approximate to the 
characters we most admire. — A gener- 
ous habit of thought and action carries 
with it an incalculable influence. — Bovec. 

You can preach a better sermon with 
your life than with your lips. 

Allured to brighter worlds and led the 
way. — Goldsmith. 

Our lives, by acts exemplary, not only 
win ourselves good names, but do to 
others give matter for virtuous deeds, 
by which we live. — Chapman. 

The conscience of children is formed 
by the influences that surround them; 
their notions of good and evil are the 
result of the moral atmosphere they 
breathe. — Richter. 

Of all commentaries upon the Scrip- 
tures, good examples are the best and 
the liveliest. — Donne. 

None preaches better than the ant, 
and she says nothing. — Franklin. 

Precept is instruction written in the 
sand. — The tide flows over it, and the 
record is gone. — Example is graven on 
the rock, and the lesson is not soon 
lost. — Channing. 

A world of mischief may be done b} r 
a single example of avarice or luxury. — 
One voluptuous palate makes many 
more. — Seneca. 

Whatever parent gives his children 
good instruction, and sets them at the 
same time a bad example, may be con- 
sidered as bringing them food in one 
hand, and poison in the other. — Balguy. 

There are bad examples that are 
worse than crimes; and more states have 
perished from the violation of morality, 
than from the violation of law. — Mon- 

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild 




duck, leads the flock to fl} r and follow. 
— Chinese Proverb. 

It is a good divine that follows his 
own instructions. I can easier teach 
twenty men what were good to be done, 
than to be one of twenty to follow mine 
own teaching. — Shakespeare. 

The pulpit teaches to be honest, the 
market-place trains to overreaching and 
fraud. — Teaching has not a tithe of the 
efficacy of example and training. — H. 

Example is a dangerous lure; where 
the wasp got through, the gnat sticks 
fast. — Fontaine. 

Example teaches better than precept. 
It is the best modeler of the character 
of men and women. To set a lofty ex- 
ample is the richest bequest a man can 
leave behind him. — S. Smiles. 

There is no part of history which 
seems capable of either more instruction 
or entertainment, than that which offers 
to us the lives of great and virtuous 
men who have made an eminent figure 
on the public stage of the world. In 
these we see what the annals of a whole 
age can afford that is worthy of notice; 
and in the wide field of universal history 
gather all its flowers, and possess our- 
selves of all that is good in it. — Middle- 

Preaching is of much avail, but prac- 
tise is far more effective. — A godly life 
is the strongest argument you can offer 
to the skeptic. — No reproof or denunci- 
ation is so potent as the silent influence 
of a good example. — M . Ballou. 

Nothing is so contagious as example. 
— Never was any considerable good or 
evil done without producing its like. — 
We imitate good actions through emu- 
lation; and bad ones through the evil of 
our nature, which shame conceals, but 
example sets at liberty. — Rochefoucauld. 

We are all of us more or less echoes, 
repeating involuntarily the virtues, the 
defects, the movements, and the char- 
acters of those among whom we live. — 

Every great example takes hold of us 
with the authority of a miracle, and says 
to us, "If ye had but faith, ye, also, 
could do the same things." — Jacobi. 

Examples of vicious courses, practised 
in a domestic circle, corrupt more readily 

and more deeply, when we behold them 
in persons of authority. — Juvenal. 

No life can be pure in its purpose, and 
strong in its strife, and all life noc be 
purer and stronger thereby. — Owen 

Much more gracious and profitable is 
doctrine by ensample, than by rule. — 

EXCELLENCE.— One that desires to 
excel should endeavor it in those things 
that are in themselves most excellent. — 

Virtue and genuine graces in them- 
selves speak what no words can utter. — 

Human excellence, apart from God, 
is like the fabled flower which, accord- 
ing to the Rabbis, Eve plucked when 
passing out of paradise; severed from its 
native root it is only the touching me- 
morial of a lost Eden — sad while charm- 
ing and beautiful, but dead. — Stanford. 

Those who attain to any excellence 
commonly spend life in some one single 
pursuit, for excellence is not often 
gained upon easier terms. — Johnson. 

Nothing is such an obstacle to the 
production of excellence as the power 
of producing what is good with ease 
and rapidity. — Aikin. 

There is a moral excellence attainable 
by all who have the will to strive for 
it; but there is an intellectual and physi- 
cal superiority which is above the reach 
of our wishes, and is granted to only a 
few. — Crabbe. 

Excellence is never granted to man 
but as the reward of labor. It argues 
no small strength of mind to persevere 
in habits of industry without the pleas- 
ure of perceiving those advances, which, 
like the hand of a clock, whilst they 
make hourly approaches to their point, 
yet proceed so slowly as to escape obser- 
vation. — Sir J. Reynolds. 

EXCELSIOR. — People never improve 
unless they look to some standard or 
example higher and better than them- 
selves. — Tryon Edwards. 

What we truly and earnestly aspire to 
be, that in some sense we are. — The 
mere aspiration, by changing the frame 
and spirit of the mind, for the moment 
realizes itself. — Mrs. Jameson. 

It is but a base, ignoble mind that 




mounts no higher than a bird can soar. — 

While we converse with what is above 
us, we do not grow old, but grow young. 
— Emerson. 

Who shoots at the midday sun, though 
sure he shall never hit the mark, yet 
sure he is that he shall shoot higher 
than he who aims but at a bush. — Sir P. 

Lift up thyself, look around, and see 
something higher and brighter than 
earth, earth worms, and earthly dark- 
ness. — Richter. 

Fearless minds climb soonest unto 
crowns . — Shakespeare . 

Beside the pleasure derived from ac- 
quired knowledge, there lurks in the 
mind of man, and tinged with a shade of 
sadness, an unsatisfactory longing for 
something beyond the present — a striv- 
ing toward regions yet unknown and 
unopened. — Humboldt. 

Happy those who here on earth have 
dreamt of a higher vision! They will 
the sooner be able to endure the glories 
of the world to come. — Novalis. 

The little done vanishes from the sight 
of him who looks forward to what is 
still to do. — Goethe. 

Too low they build who build beneath 
the stars. — Young. 

sacred hunger of ambitious minds! 
— Spenser. 

The hunger and thirst of immortality 
is upon the human soul, filling it with 
aspirations and desires for higher and 
better things than the world can give. 
— We can never be fully satisfied but 
in God. — Tryon Edwards. 

As plants take hold, not for the sake 
of staying, but only that they may climb 
higher, so it is with men. — By every 
part of our nature we clasp things above 
us, one after another, not for the sake 
of remaining where we take hold, but 
that we may go higher. — H. W. Beecher. 

Desires and inspirations after the holy 
are the only ones as to which the hu- 
man soul can ever be assured that they 
will never meet with disappointment. — 
Miss Macintosh. 

EXCESS. — Let us teach ourselves that 
honorable step, not to outdo discretion. 
— Shakespeare. 

All things that are pernicious in their 

progress must be evil in their birth, for 
no sooner is the government of reason 
thrown off, than they rush forward of 
their own accord; weakness takes a 
pleasure to indulge itself; and having 
imperceptibly launched out into the 
main ocean, can find no place where to 
stop. — Cicero. 

He who indulges his sense in any ex- 
cesses, renders himself obnoxious to his 
own reason; and to gratify the brute in 
him, displeases the man, and sets his 
two natures at variance. — W. Scott. 

The body oppressed by excesses, bears 
down the mind, and depresses to the 
earth any portion of the divine Spirit we 
had been endowed with. — Horace. 

The excesses of our youth are drafts 
upon our old age, payable with interest, 
about thirty years after date. — Colton. 

Pleasures bring effeminacy, and effemi- 
nacy foreruns ruin; such conquests, 
without blood or sweat, do sufficiently 
revenge themselves upon their intem- 
perate conquerors. — Quarles. 

Violent delights have violent ends, and 
in their triumph die; like fire and 
powder, which, as they kiss, consume. — 
They are as sick that surfeit with too 
much, as they that starve with nothing. 
— Shakespeare. 

Pliability and liberality, when not re- 
strained within due bounds, must ever 
turn to the ruin of their possessor. — 

The best principles, if pushed to ex- 
cess, degenerate into fatal vices. — Gener- 
osity is nearly allied to extravagance; 
charity itself may lead to ruin; and the 
sternness of justice is but one step re- 
moved from the severity of oppression. 
— Alison. 

The desire of power in excess caused 
angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in 
excess caused man to fall; but in charity 
is no excess, neither can man or angels 
come into danger by it. — Bacon. 

Let pleasure be ever so innocent the 
excess is always criminal. — Evremond. 

There can be no excess to love, to 
knowledge, to beauty, when these at- 
tributes are considered in the purest 
sense. — Emerson. 

All excess brings on its own punish- 
ment, even here. — By certain fixed, 
settled, and established laws of him who 




is the God of nature, excess of every 
kind destroys that constitution which 
temperance would preserve. — The de- 
bauchee offers up his body a living sac- 
rifice to sin. — Cohort. 

Too much noise deafens us; too much 
light blinds us; too great a distance, or 
too much of promixity equally prevents 
us from being able to see; too long or 
too short a discourse obscures our 
knowledge of a subject; too much of 
truth stuns us. — Pascal. 

Excess generally causes reaction and 
produces a change in the opposite di- 
rection, whether it be in the seasons, or 
in individuals, or in government. — Plato. 

EXCITEMENT. — Excitement is so 
engraven on our nature that it may be 
regarded as an appetite ; and like all 
other appetites it is not sinful unless 
indulged unlawfully, or to excess. — 

It is the passions that wear — the ap- 
petites that grind out the force of life. 
— Excitement in the higher realm of 
thought and feeling does not wear out or 
waste men. — The moral sentiments nour- 
ish and feed us. — H. W. Beecher. 

Violent excitement exhausts the mind, 
and leaves it withered and sterile. — 

The language of excitement is at best 
but picturesque merely. — You must be 
calm before you can utter oracles. — 

Never be afraid because the com- 
munity teems with excitement. — Silence 
and death are dreadful. — The rush of 
life, the vigor of earnest men, and the 
conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, 
and establish the truth. — H. W. Beecher. 

Religious excitement is to the steady 
influence of Christian principle as is the 
flush of fever to the uniform glow of 
health. — N. Murray. 

Excitement is of impulse, while ear- 
nestness is of principle; the one a glow, 
the other a fire; the one common, the 
other rare; the one theorizes, the other 
acts; the one needs company, the other 
can live alone. — The two are oftener 
found in separation than in union, 
though neither is incompatible with the 
other. — Merry. 

EXCUSES. — Of all vain things ex- 
cuses are the vainest. — Buxton. 

He that is good for making excuses, is 
seldom good for anything else. — Frank- 

Uncalled for excuses are practical con- 
fessions. — C. Simmons. 

Oftentimes excusing of a fault, doth 
make a fault the worse by the excuse. 
— Shakespeare. 

EXERCISE. — Health is the vital 
principle of bliss; and exercise, of health. 
— Thomson. 

Inactivity, supineness, and effeminacy 
have ruined more constitutions than 
were ever destroyed by excessive labors. 
Moderate exercise and toil, so far from 
prejudicing, strengthen and consolidate 
the body. — Dr. Rush. 

There are many troubles which you 
cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn- 
book, but which you can cure by a good 
perspiration and a breath of fresh air. — 
Many a man, by the help of the Bible 
and the saddle, has gone to heaven with 
comparative ease, who would not have 
gone there very easily by the help of 
either alone. — H. W. Beecher. 

I take the true definition of exercise 
to be, labor without weariness. — John- 

The only way for a rich man to be 
healthy is by exercise and abstinence, 
to live as if he was poor; which are 
esteemed the worst parts of poverty. — 
Sir W. Temple. 

The wise, for cure, on exercise depend. 
— Better to hunt in fields for health un- 
bought than fee the doctor for a nau- 
seous draught. — Dry den. 

Such is the constitution of man, that 
labor may be styled its own reward. — 
Nor will any external incitements be 
requisite if it be considered how much 
happiness is gained, and how much 
misery escaped,b y frequent and violent 
agitation of the body. — Johnson. 

EXERTION.— Every man's task is 
his life-preserver. — Emerson. 

Never live in hope or expectation, 
while your arms are folded. God helps 
those that help themselves. Providence 
smiles on those who put their shoulders 
to the wheel that propels to wealth and 

It is only the constant exertion and 
working of our sensitive, intellectual, 
moral, and physical machinery that 




keeps us from rusting, and so becoming 
useless. — C. Simmons. 

Experience shows that success is due 
less to ability than to zeal. The winner 
is he who gives himself to his work, body 
and soul. — Charles Buxton. 

EXPECTATION.— In' our pursuit of 
the things of this world, we usually pre- 
vent enjoyment by expectation; we an- 
ticipate our happiness, and eat out the 
heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures 
by delightful forethoughts of them; so 
that when we come to possess them, 
they do not answer the expectation, nor 
satisfy the desires which were raised 
about them, and they vanish into noth- 
ing. — Tillotson. 

By expectation every day beguiled; 
dupe of to-morrow even from a child. — 

We part more easily with what we 
possess, than with the expectation of 
what we wish for: and the reason of it 
is, that what we expect is always greater 
than what we enjoy. 

Oft expectation fails, and most oft 
there where most it promises. — Shake- 

Nothing is so good as it seems before- 
hand. — George Eliot. 

'Tis expectation makes a blessing 
dear; heaven were not heaven if we 
knew what it were. — Suckling. 

Uncertainty and expectation are the 
joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, 
though the overtaking and possessing 
of a wish discovers the folly of the 
chase. — Congreve. 

We love to expect, and when expecta- 
tion is either disappointed or gratified, 
we want to be again expecting. — John- 

Our ancestors have travelled the iron 
age; the golden is before us. — St. Pierre. 

With what a heavy and retarding 
weight does expectation load the wing 
of time. — W. Mason. 

EXPEDIENCY.— Many things lawful 
are not expedient, but nothing can be 
truly expedient which is unlawful or 
sinful. — C. Simmons. 

Expedients are for an hour, but prin- 
ciples are for the ages. — Just because 
the rains descend, and the winds frow, 
we cannot afford to build on the shifting 
sands. — H. W. Beecher. 

When private virtue is hazarded on 
the perilous cast of expediency, the 
pillars of the republic, however apparent 
their stability, are infected with decay 
at the very centre. — E. H. Chapin. 
EXPENSE.— (See "Extravagance.") 
What maintains one vice would bring 
up two children. You may think, per- 
haps, that a little tea, or a little punch 
now and then, diet a little more costly, 
clothes a little finer, and a little enter- 
tainment now and then, can be no great 
matter; but remember, " Many a little 
makes a mickle." Beware of little ex- 
penses. A small leak will sink a great 
ship. — Franklin. 

Riches are for spending, and spend- 
ing for honor and good actions; there- 
fore extraordinary expense must be 
limited by the worth of the occasion. — 

Buy what thou hast no need of, and 
ere long thou shalt sell thy necessaries. 
— Franklin. 

No money is better spent than what 
is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A 
man is pleased that his wife is dressed 
as well as other people, and the wife 
is pleased that she is so dressed. — John- 

Gain may be temporary and uncer- 
tain; but ever while you live, expense is 
constant and certain: and it is easier to 
build two chimneys than to keep one in 
fuel. — Franklin. 

The vices, and follies, and sins of 
men, cost more than everything else; 
and the useless and abominable expendi- 
tures of nations are a weight on their 
prosperity, and crush the spirits, be- 
night the minds, and well-nigh enslave 
the bodies of their people. — C. Simmons. 

He that buys what he does not want, 
will soon want what he cannot buy. 

EXPERIENCE. — Experience is the 
extract of suffering. — A. Helps. 

Experience is the name men give to 
their follies or their sorrows. — Musset. 

All is but lip-wisdom which wants ex- 
perience. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Experience is the successive disen- 
chantment of the things of life. — It is 
reason enriched by the spoils of the 
heart. — J. P. Senn. 

Experience is the shroud of illusions. 
— Finod. 




This is one of the sad conditions of 
life, that experience is not transmissible. 
No man will learn from the suffering of 
another; he must suffer himself. 

To most men experience is like the 
stern lights of a ship, which illumine 
only the track it has passed. — Coleridge. 

However learned or eloquent, man 
knows nothing truly that he has not 
learned from experience. — Wieland. 

Experience is the Lord's school, and 
they who are taught by Him usually 
learn by the mistakes they make that 
in themselves they have no wisdom; and 
by their slips and falls, that they have 
no strength. — John Newton. 

Experience keeps a dear school; but 
fools will learn in no other, and scarce 
in that; for it is true, we may give ad- 
vice, but we cannot give conduct. — 

No man was ever so completely skilled 
in the conduct of life, as not to receive 
new information from age and experi- 
ence. — Terence. 

The rules which experience suggests 
are better than those which theorists 
elaborate in their libraries. — R. S. Storrs. 

Experience joined with common sense, 
to mortals is a providence. — Green. 

He cannot be a perfect man, not being 
tried and tutored in the world. — Ex- 
perience is by industry achieved, and 
perfected by the swift course of time. — 

No man was ever endowed with a 
judgment so correct and judicious, but 
that circumstances, time, and experi- 
ence, would teach him something new, 
and apprise him that of those things 
with which he thought himself the best 
acquainted, he knew nothing; and that 
those ideas which in theory appeared the 
most advantageous were found, when 
brought into practice, to be altogether 
impracticable. — Terence. 

When I was young I was sure of every- 
thing; in a few years, having been mis- 
taken a thousand times, I was not half 
so sure of most thinecs as I was before; 
at present, I am hardly sure of anything 
but what God has revealed to me. — 
John Wesley. 

To wilful men, the injuries that they 
themselves procure must be their school- 
masters. — Shakespeare. 

Adversity is the first path to truth. 
He who hath proved war, storm, or 
woman's rage, whether his winters be 
eighteen or eighty, hath won the ex- 
perience which is deemed so weighty. — 

It is foolish to try to live on past 
experience. It is a very dangerous, if 
not a fatal habit to judge ourselves to 
be safe because of something that we 
felt or did twenty years ago. — Spurgeon. 

It may serve as a comfort to us in all 
our calamities and afflictions, that he 
who loses anything and gets wisdom 
by it, is a gainer by the loss. — L'Es- 

Nobody will use other people's ex- 
perience, nor has any of his own till it 
is too late to use it. — Hawthorne. 

That man is wise to some purpose 
who gains his wisdom at the expense and 
from the experience of another. — Plau- 

Experience is a jewel, and it had need 
be so, for it is often purchased at an 
infinite rate. — Shakespeare. 

Each succeeding day is the scholar of 
that which went before it. — Publius 
Syr us. 

Experience, if wisdom's friend, her 
best; if not, her foe. — Young. 

Every man's experience of to-day, is 
that he was a fool yesterday and the 
day before yesterday. — To-morrow he 
will most likely be of exactly the same 
opinion. — Mackay. 

Experience takes dreadfully high 
school-wages, but he teaches like no 
other. — Carlyle. 

He hazardeth much who depends for 
his learning on experience. — An unhappy 
master is he who is made wise only by 
many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, 
who is neither rich nor wise till he has 
been bankrupt. — By experience we find 
out a short way by long wandering. — 
Roger Ascham. 

Experience is the common school- 
house of fools and ill men. — Men of wit 
and honesty are otherwise instructed. — 

We are often prophets to others, only 
because we are our own historians. — 
Mad. Swetchinc. 

In all instances where our experience 
of the past has been extensive and uni- 




form, our judgment as to the future 
amounts to moral certainty. — Beattie. 

Experience, that chill touchstone whose 
sad proof reduces all things from their 
false hue. — Byron. 

Life consists in the alternate process 
of learning and unlearning, but it is 
often wiser to unlearn than to learn. — 

Experience teaches slowly, and at the 
cost of mistakes. — Froude. 

I know the past, and thence will assay 
to glean a warning for the future, so 
that man may profit by his errors, and 
derive experience from his folly — Shelley. 

Experience is a safe light to walk by, 
and he is not a rash man who expects 
success in the future by the same means 
which secured it in the past. — Wendell 

Experience — making all futures, fruits 
of all the pasts. — Arnold. 

pense," and " Economy.") 

He that is extravagant will soon be- 
come poor, and poverty will enforce de- 
pendence, and invite corruption. — John- 

The passion of acquiring riches in 
order to support a vain expense, corrupts 
the purest souls. — Fenelon. 

Waste of time is the most extravagant 
and costly of all expenses. — Theophras- 

Prodigality is the vice of a weak na- 
ture, as avarice is of a strong one. — It 
comes of a weak craving for those blan- 
dishments of the world which are easily 
had for money. — H. Taylor. 

That is suitable to a man, in point of 
ornamental expense, not which he can 
afford to have, but which he can afford 
to lose. — Whately. 

The man who builds, and lacks where- 
with to pay, provides a home from which 
to run away. — Young. 

The covetous man never has money; 
the prodigal will have none shortly. — 
Ben Jonson. 

Laws cannot prevent extravagance; 
and this perhaps is not always an evil to 
the public. A shilling spent idly by a 
fool may be picked up by a wiser per- 
son, who knows better what to do with 
it; it is, therefore, not lost. — Franklin. 

EXTREMES.— Extremes are danger- 
ous. — A middle estate is safest, as a 
middle temper of the sea, between a 
still calm and a violent tempest, is 
most hopeful to bear the mariner to his 
haven. — Swinnock. 

All extremes are error. — The reverse of 
error is not truth, but error still. — Truth 
lies between these extremes. — Cecil. 

The man who can be nothing but seri- 
ous, or nothing but merry, is but half 
a man. — Leigh Hunt. 

There is a mean in everything. — Even 
virtue itself hath its stated limits, which, 
not being strictly observed, it ceases to 
be virtue. — Horace. 

Extremes meet in almost everything: 
it is hard to tell whether the statesman 
at the top of the world, or the plough- 
man at the bottom, labors hardest. 

Extreme views are never just; some- 
thing always turns up which disturbs the 
calculations founded on their data. — 

That extremes beget extremes, is an 
apothegm built on the most profound 
observation of the human mind. — 

The blast that blows loudest is soon- 
est overblown. — Smollett. 

Extremes, though contrary, have the 
like effects. — Extreme heat kills, and so 
extreme cold; extreme love breeds 
satiety, and so extreme hatred; and too 
violent rigor tempts chastity, as does 
too much license. — Chapman. 

Mistrust the man who finds every- 
thing good; the man who finds every- 
thing evil ; and still more the man who 
is indifferent to everything. — Lavater. 

We must remember how apt man is to 
extremes — rushing from credulity and 
weakness, to suspicion and distrust. — 

The greatest flood has soonest ebb; 
the sorest tempest, the most sudden 
calm; the hottest love, the coldest end; 
and from the deepest desire often ensues 
the deadliest hate. — Socrates. 

It is a hard but good law of fate, that 
as every evil, so every excessive power 
wears itself out. — Herder. 

Neither great poverty, nor great riches 
will hear reason. — Fielding. 

Both in individuals, and in masses, 
violent excitement is alwavs followed 




by remission, and often by reaction. We 
are all inclined to depreciate what we 
have over-praised, and, on the other 
hand, to show undue indulgence where 
we have shown undue rigor. — Macaulay. 

Too austere a philosophy makes few 
wise men; too rigorous politics, few good 
subjects; too hard a religion, few 
persons whose devotion is of long con- 
tinuance. — St. Evremond. 

No violent extremes endure; a sober 
moderation stands secure. — Aleyn. 

Extremes are vicious and proceed from 
men; compensation is just, and proceeds 
from God. — Bruyere. 

EYE. — That fine part of our constitu- 
tion, the eye, seems as much the recep- 
tacle and seat of our passions, appetites, 
and inclinations, as the mind itself; at 
least it is the outward portal to intro- 
duce them to the house within, or rather 
the common thoroughfare to let our af- 
fections pass in and out. Love, anger, 
pride, and avarice, all visibly move in 
those little orbs. — Addison. 

One of the most w r onderful things in 
nature is a glance of the eye; it tran- 
scends speech; it is the bodily symbol 
of identity. — Emerson. 

It is the eyes of other people that 
ruin us. If all but myself were blind 
I should neither want a fine house nor 
fine furniture. — Franklin. 

The balls of sight are so formed, that 
one man's eyes are spectacles to an- 
other, to read his heart with. — Johnson. 

The curious questioning eye, that 
plucks the heart of every mystery. — 

Men are born with two eyes, but only 
one tongue, in order that they should 
see twice as much as they say. — Colton. 

The eyes are the pioneers that first an- 
nounce the soft tale of love. — Proper- 

The eye speaks with an eloquence and 
truthfulness surpassing speech. — It is the 
window out of which the winged 
thoughts often fly unwittingly. — It is 
the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal 
surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, 
like the sunlight and shadow on a quiet 
stream. — Tuckerman. 

The eye is the pulse of the soul; as 
physicians judge the heart by the pulse, 
so we by the eye. — T, Adams. 

Who has a daring eye, tells downright- 
truths and downright lies. — Lavater. 

Where is an} r author in the world 
teaches such beauty as a woman's eye? 
— Shakespeare. 

The eye is the window of the soul; 
the intellect and will are seen in it. — 
The animals look for man's intentions 
right into his eyes. — Even a rat, when 
you hunt and bring him to bay, looks 
you in the eye. — Hiram Powers. 

A beautiful eye makes silence elo- 
quent; a kind eye makes contradiction 
an assent; an enraged eye makes beauty 
deformed. — This little member gives 
life to every other part about us. — 

The eye of the master will do more 
work than both his hands. — Franklin. 

Lovers are angry, reconciled, entreat, 
thank, appoint, and finally speak all 
things by their eyes. — Montaigne. 

The dearest things in the world are 
our neighbor's eyes; they cost every- 
body more than anything else in house- 
keeping. — Smith. 

Our eyes, when gazing on sinful ob- 
jects, are out of their calling, and out 
of God's keeping. — Fuller. 

A wanton eye is the messenger of an 
unchaste heart. — Augustine. 

The ej^e observes only what the mind, 
the heart, the imagination are gifted to 
see; and sight must be reinforced by in- 
sight before souls can be discerned as 
well as manners; ideas as well as ob- 
jects; realities and relations as well as 
appearances and accidental connections. 
— E. P. Whipple. 

Eyes are bold as lions, roving, run- 
ning, leaping, here and there, far and 
near. — They speak all languages; wait 
for no introduction; ask no leave of age 
or rank; respect neither poverty nor 
riches, neither learning nor power, nor 
virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come 
again, and go through and through you 
in a moment of time. — What inundation 
of life and thought is discharged from 
one soul into another through them! — 

Men of cold passions have quick eyes. 
— Hawthorne. 

'Twas but for a moment — and yet in 
that time she crowded the impressions 
of many an hour; her eye had a glow, 




like the sun of her clime, which waked 
every feeling at once into flower! — 

The eyes of women are Promethean 
fires. — Shakespeare. 

Eyes will not see when the heart 
wishes them to be blind. — Desire con- 
ceals truth, as darkness does the earth. 
— Seneca. 

Faster than his tongue did make of- 
fence, his eye did heal it up. — Shake- 

The heart's hushed secret in the soft 
dark eye. — L. E. Landon. 

The intelligence of affection is carried 
on by the eye only. — Good breeding has 
made the tongue falsify the heart and 
act a part of continued restraint, while 
Nature has preserved the eyes to her- 
self, that she may not be disguised or 
misrepresented— .Addison. 

Eyes raised toward heaven are always 
beautiful, whatever they may be. — 

Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading 
eyes. — Davenant. 

An eye can threaten like a loaded and 
levelled pistol, or can insult, like hissing 
or kicking; or in its altered mood, can, 
by beams of kindness, make the heart 
dance with joy. — Some eyes have no 
more expression than blueberries, while 
others are as deep as a well which you 
can fall into. — Emerson. 

Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. 
— Tennyson. 

A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind. 
— Shakespeare. 

Whatever of goodness emanates from 
the soul gathers its soft halo in the eyes; 
and if the heart be a lurking place of 
crime, the eyes are sure to betray the 
secret. — F. Saunders. 

Language is slow; the mastery of 
wants doth teach it to the infant, drop 
by drop, as brooklets gather. — Yet there 
is a love, simple and sure, that asks no 
discipline of weary years, the language 
of the soul, told through the eye. — The 
stammering lip oft mars the perfect 
thought; but the heart's lightning hath 
no obstacle. — Quick glances, like the 
thrilling wires, transfuse the telegraphic 
look. — Mrs. Sigourney. 

FABLES.— Fables, like parables, are 
more ancient than formal arguments and 
are often the most effective means of 
presenting and impressing both truth 
and duty. — Tryon Edwards. 

Fables take off from the severity of 
instruction, and enforce at the same 
time that they conceal it. — Addison. 

The fable is allegorical; its actions are 
natural, but its agents imaginary. — The 
tale is fictitious, but not imaginary, for 
both its agents and actions are drawn 
from the passing scenes of life. — Tales 
are written mainly for amusement: 
fables for instruction. — Crabbe. 

The virtue which we gather from a 
fable or an allegory, is like the health 
we get by hunting, as we are engaged 
in an agreeable pursuit that draws us on 
with pleasure, and makes us insensible 
of the fatigues that accompany it. — 

FACE. — (See "Physiognomy" and 
« Eye.") 

There is in every human countenance, 
either a history or a prophecy, which 
must sadden, or at least soften, every 
reflecting observer. — Coleridge. 

A good face is the best letter of recom- 
mendation. — Queen Elizabeth. 

Look in the face of the person to 
whom you are speaking if you wish to 
know his real sentiments, for he can 
command his words more easily than 
his countenance. — Chesterfield. 

A cheerful face is nearly as good for 
an invalid as healthy weather. — Frank- 

Your face is a book, where men may 
read strange matters. — Shakespeare. 

We are all sculptors and painters, and 
oui material is our own flesh and blood 
and bones. — Any nobleness begins, at 
once, to refine a man's features; any 
meanness or sensuality to imbrute them. 
— Thoreau. 

The cheek is apter than the tongue to 
tell an errand. — Shakespeare. 

I am persuaded that there is not a 
single sentiment, whether tending to 
good or evil in the human soul, that 
has not its distinct interpreter in the 
glance of the eye, and in the muscling 
of the countenance. When nature is 




permitted to express herself by this 
language of the face, she is understood 
by all people, and those who were never 
taught a letter can instantly read her 
signatures and impressions, whether 
they be of wrath, hatred, envy, pride, 
jealousy, vexation, contempt, pain, fear, 
horror, and dismay; or of attention, re- 
spect, wonder, surprise, pleasure, trans- 
port, complacence, affection, desire, 
peace, lowliness, and love. — Brooke. 

All men's faces are true, whatsoever 
their hands are. — Shakespeare. 

Truth makes the face of that person 
shine who speaks and owns it. — South. 

There are faces so fluid with expres- 
sion, so flushed and rippled by the play 
of thought, that we can hardly find what 
the mere features really are. — When the 
delicious beauty of lineaments loses its 
power, it is because a more delicious 
beauty has appeared — that an interior 
and durable form has been disclosed. — 

Faces are as legible as books, with 
this in their favor, that they may be 
perused in much less time, and are less 
liable to be misunderstood. — F. Saunders. 

The faces which have charmed us 
the most escape us the soonest. — Walter 

The countenance is the title-page 
which heralds the contents of the hu- 
man volume, but like other title-pages 
it sometimes puzzles, often misleads, and 
often says nothing to the purpose. — W. 

Features are the visible expression of 
the soul. — the outward manifestation of 
the feeling and character within. — 
Tryon Edwards. 

I more and more see this, that we 
judge men's abilities less from what they 
say or do, than from what they look. 
'Tis the man's face that gives him 
weight. His doings help, but not more 
than his brow. — Charles Buxton. 

I never knew a genius yet who did not 
carry about him, either in face or per- 
son, or in a certain inexplicable grace 
of manner, the patent of nobility which 
heaven has bestowed upon him. — The 

There is a garden in her face, where 
roses and white lillies show — a heavenly 
paradise wherein all pleasant fruits do 
grow. — R. Alison. 

In thy face I see the map of honor, 
truth, and loyalty. — Shakespeare. 

A beautiful face is a silent commen- 
dation. — Bacon. 

That same face of yours looks like 
the title-page to a whole volume of 
roguery . — Cib ber. 

The loveliest faces are to be seen by 
moonlight, when one sees half with the 
eye, and half with the fancy. — Bovee. 

A countenance habitually under the 
influence of amiable feelings acquires a 
beauty of the highest order from the 
frequency with which such feelings stamp 
their character upon it. — Mrs. S. C. Hale. 

He had a face like a benediction. — 

If we could but read it, every human 
being carries his life in his face, and is 
good-looking, or the reverse, as that life 
has been good or evil. On our features 
the fine chisels of thought and emotion 
are eternally at work. — Alexander Smith. 

In the faces of women who are natu- 
rally serene and peaceful, and of those 
rendered so by religion, there remains an 
after-spring, and later, an after-summer, 
the reflex of their most beautiful bloom. 
— Richter. 

As the language of the face is uni- 
versal, so it is very comprehensive. — It 
is the shorthand of the mind, and 
crowds a great deal in a little room. — A 
man may look a sentence as soon as 
speak a word. — Collier. 

FACTION.— Faction is the demon of 
discord armed with power to do endless 
mischief, and intent only on destroying 
whatever opposes its progress. — Woe to 
that state in which it has found an en- 
trance. — Crabbe. 

A feeble government produces more 
factions than an oppressive one. — Fisher 

Faction is the excess and abuse of 
party. — It begins when the first idea 
of private interest, preferred to public 
good, gets footing in the heart. — It is 
always dangerous, yet always contempti- 
ble. — Chenevix. 

Seldom is faction's ire in haughty 
minds extinguished but by death; it 
oft, like flame suppressed, breaks forth 
again, and blazes higher. — May. 

FACTS. — Any fact is better estab- 
lished by two or three good testimonies, 




than by a thousand arguments. — Em- 

Facts are to the mind, what food is to 
the bod}'. — On the due digestion of the 
former depend the strength and wisdom 
of the one, just as vigor and health de- 
pend on the other. — The wisest in coun- 
cil, the ablest in debate, and the most 
agreeable companion in the commerce 
of human life, is that man who has as- 
similated to his understanding the great- 
est number of facts. — Burke. 

From principles is derived probability, 
but truth or certainty is obtained only 
from facts. 

Every day of my life makes me feel 
more and more how seldom a fact is ac- 
curately stated; how almost invariably 
when a story has passed through the 
mind of a third person it becomes, so 
far as regards the impression it makes in 
further repetitions, little better than a 
falsehood; and this, too, though the 
narrator be the most truth-seeking per- 
son in existence. — Hawthorne. 

There should always be some founda- 
tion of fact for the most airy fabric; 
pure invention is but the talent of a 
deceiver. — Byron. 

Facts are God's arguments; we should 
be careful never to misunderstand or 
pervert them. — Try on Edwards. 

FAILINGS. — The finest composition 
of human nature, as well as the finest 
china, may have flaws in it, though the 
pattern may be of the highest value. 

Every one has a wallet behind for his 
own failings, and one before for the 
failings of others. — La Fontaine. 

If we had no failings ourselves we 
should not take so much pleasure in 
finding out those of others. — Rochefou- 

Such is the force of envy and ill-na- 
ture, that the failings of good men are 
more published to the world than their 
good deeds; and one fault of a well-de- 
serving man shall meet with more re- 
proaches than all his virtues will with 
praise. — N. P. Willis. 

FAILURE. — We mount to heaven 
mostly on the ruins of our cherished 
schemes, finding our failures were suc- 
cesses. — A. B. Alcott. 

Every failure is a step to success; 
every detection of what is false directs 
us toward what is true; every trial ex- 

hausts some tempting form of error. 
Not only so, but scarcely any attempt 
is entirely a failure; scarcely any theory, 
the result of steady thought, is alto- 
gether false; no tempting form of error 
is without some latent charm derived 
from truth. — Whewell. 

Sometimes a noble failure serves the 
world as faithfully as a distinguished 
success. — Dowden. 

Failure is often God's own tool for 
carving some of the finest outlines in 
the character of his children; and, even 
in this life, bitter and crushing failures 
have often in them the germs of new 
and quite unimagined happiness. — T. 

He only is exempt from failures who 
makes no efforts. — Whately. 

Failure is, in a sense, the highway to 
success, inasmuch as every discovery of 
what is false leads us to seek earnestly 
after what is true, and every fresh ex- 
perience points out some form of error 
which we shall afterward carefully avoid. 
— Keats. 

It is an awful condemnation for a 
man to be brought by God's providence 
face to face with a great possibility of 
service and of blessing, and then to show 
himself such that God has to put him 
aside, and look for other instruments. — 

In the lexicon of youth, which fate re- 
serves for a bright manhood, there is 
no such word as fail. — Bulwer. 

They never fail who die in a great 
cause. — Byron. 

There is only one real failure in life 
that is possible, and that is, not to be 
true to the best one knows. — Farrar. 

Only the astrologer and the empyric 
never fail. — Willmott. 

A failure establishes only this, that 
our determination to succeed was not 
strong enough. — Bovee. 

FAITH. — Faith affirms many things 
respecting which the senses are silent, 
but nothing which they deny. — It is su- 
perior to their testimony, but never op- 
posed to it. — Pascal. 

Faith is a certain image of eternity. 
All things are present to it — things past, 
and things to come; it converses with 
angels, and antedates the hymns of 
glory. Every man that hath this grace 




is as certain there are glories for him, if 
he perseveres in duty, as if he had heard 
and sung the thanksgiving song for the 
blessed sentence of doomsday. — Jeremy 

Never yet did there exist a full faith 
in the divine word which did not expand 
the intellect while it purified the heart; 
which did not multiply the aims and ob- 
jects of the understanding, while it fixed 
and simplified those of the desires and 
passions. — Coleridge. 

All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a 
ruined edifice, before one single word — 
faith. — Napoleon. 

There is a limit where the intellect 
fails and breaks down, and this limit is 
where the questions concerning God, and 
freewill, and immortality arise. — Kant. 

Faith marches at the head of the arnry 
of progress. — It is found beside the most 
refined life, the freest government, the 
profoundest philosophy, the noblest 
poetry, the purest humanity. — T. T. 

Faith must have adequate evidence, 
else it is mere superstition. — A.A.Hodge. 

Under the influence of the blessed 
Spirit, faith produces holiness, and holi- 
ness strengthens faith. Faith, like a 
fruitful parent, is plenteous in all good 
works; and good works, like dutiful chil- 
dren, confirm and add to the support of 

Faith in an all-seeing and personal 
God, elevates the soul, purifies the emo- 
tions, sustains human dignity, and lends 
poetry, nobility, and holiness to the 
commonest state, condition, and manner 
of life. — Juan Valera. 

We cannot live on probabilities. The 
faith in which we can live bravely and 
die in peace must be a certainty, so far 
as it professes to be a faith at all, or it 
is nothing. — Froude. 

Some wish they did, but no man dis- 
believes. — Young. 

Christian faith is a grand cathedral, 
with divinely pictured windows. — Stand- 
ing without, you can see no glory, nor 
can imagine any, but standing within 
every ray of light reveals a harmony of 
unspeakable splendors. — Hawthorne. 

Epochs of faith, are epochs of fruit- 
fulness; but epochs of unbelief, however 

glittering, are barren of all permanent 
good. — Goethe. 

In actual life every great enterprise 
begins with and takes its first forward 
step in faith. — Schlegel. 

Faith is not only a means of obeying, 
but a principal act of obedience; not 
only an altar on which to sacrifice, but 
a sacrifice itself, and perhaps, of all, the 
greatest. It is a submission of our un- 
derstandings; an oblation of our idolized 
reason to God, which he requires so 
indispensably, that our whole will and 
affections, though seemingly a larger 
sacrifice, will not, without it, be received 
at his hands. — Young. 

The saddest thing that can befall a 
soul is when it loses faith in God and 
woman. — Alexander Smith. 

The Calvinistic people of Scotland, 
Switzerland, Holland, and New England, 
have been more moral than the same 
classes among other nations. Those who 
preached faith, or in other words a pure 
mind, have always produced more popu- 
lar virtue than those who preached good 
acts, or the mere regulation of outward 
works. — Sir James Macintosh. 

Things of God that are marvellous are 
to be believed on a principle of faith, 
not to be pried into by reason. For if 
reason set them open before our eyes, 
they would no longer be marvellous. — 
S. Gregory. 

Man is not made to question, but 
adore. — Young. 

Naturally, men are prone to spin 
themselves a web of opinions out of 
their own brain, and to have a religion 
that may be called their own. They are 
far readier to make themselves a faith, 
than to receive that which God hath 
formed to their hands; are far readier 
to receive a doctrine that tends to their 
carnal commodity, or honor, or delight, 
than one that tends to self-denial. — 

Faith and works are as necessary to 
our spiritual life as Christians, as soul 
and body are to our life as men; for 
faith is the soul of religion, and works, 
the body. — Colton. 

Faith is not reason's labor, but repose. 
— Young. 

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God, 
if thou hast not charity for thy neigh- 




bor; I think not thou hast charity for 
thy neighbor, if thou wantest faith in 
God. — Where they are not both together, 
they are both wanting; they are both 
dead if once divided. — Quarles. 

There never was found in any age of 
the world, either philosopher or sect, or 
law, or discipline which did so highly 
exalt the public good as the Christian 
faith. — Bacon. 

Faith makes the discords of the pres- 
ent the harmonies of the future. — Coll- 

Despotism may govern without faith, 
but Liberty cannot. — De Tocqueville. 

Faith is the eye that sees Him, the 
hand that clings to Him, the receiving 
power that appropriates Him. — Wood- 

Faith is to believe, on the word of 
God, what we do not see, and its reward 
is to see and enjoy what we believe. — 


Faith evermore looks upward and de- 
scribes objects remote; but reason can 
discover things only near — sees nothing 
that's above her. — Quarles. 

Faith makes all evil good to us, and 
all good better; unbelief makes all good 
evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at 
the shaking of the spear; unbelief trem- 
bles at the shaking of a leaf, unbelief 
starves the soul ; faith finds food in fam- 
ine, and a table in the wilderness. In 
the greatest danger, faith says, " I have 
a great God." When outward strength 
is broken, faith rests on the promises. 
In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the 
sting out of every trouble, and takes out 
the bitterness from every affliction. — 

Faith in order, which is the basis of 
science, cannot reasonably be separated 
from faith in an ordainer, which is the 
basis of religion. — Asa Gray. 

Science has sometimes been said to 
be opposed to faith, and inconsistent 
with it. — But all science, in fact, rests 
on a basis of faith, for it assumes the 
permanence and uniformity of natural 
laws — a thing which can never be demon- 
strated. — Try on Edwards. 

The steps of faith fall on the seem- 
ing void, but find the rock beneath. — 

When men cease to be faithful to their 

God, he who expects to find them so to 
each other will be much disappointed. 
— Bp. Home. 

To believe is to be strong. Doubt 
cramps energy. Belief is power. — F. W . 

Faith is the root of all good works; 
a root that produces nothing is dead. — 
Bp. Wilson. 

As the flower is before the fruit, so 
is faith before good works. — Whately. 

Faith and works are like the light and 
heat of a candle; they cannot be sepa- 

Faith without works is like a bird 
without wings; though she may hop 
about on earth, she will never fly to 
heaven. — But when both are joined to- 
gether, then doth the soul mount up to 
her eternal rest. — Beaumont. 

What I admire in Columbus is not 
his having discovered a world, but his 
having gone to search for it on the faith 
of an opinion. — Turgot. 

Faith is the pencil of the soul that 
pictures heavenly things. — T. Burbridge. 

All I have seen teaches me to trust 
the Creator for all I have not seen. — 

The errors of faith are better than the 
best thoughts of unbelief. — Thomas Rus- 

The experience of life nearly always 
works toward the confirmation of faith. 
— It is the total significance of life that 
it reveals God to man; and life only 
can do this; neither thought, nor demon- 
stration, nor miracle, but only life, weav- 
ing its threads of daily toil and trial 
and joy into a pattern on which, at last, 
is inscribed the name of " God."— T. T. 

All the strength and force of man 
comes from his faith in things unseen. 
He who believes is strong; he who 
doubts is weak. Strong convictions pre- 
cede great actions. — J. F. Clarke. 

Faith lights us through the dark to 
Deity; faith builds a bridge across the 
gulf of death, to break the shock that 
nature cannot shun, and lands thought 
smoothly on the further shore. — Young. 

Christian faith is nothing else but the 
soul's venture. It ventures to Christ, in 
opposition to all legal terrors. It ven- 
tures on Christ in opposition to our 




guiltiness. It ventures for Christ, in 
opposition to all difficulties and dis- 
couragements. — W. Bridges. 

While reason is puzzling herself about 
the mystery, faith is turning it into her 
daily bread and feeding on it thankfully 
in her heart of hearts. — F. D. Hunting- 

Strike from mankind the principle of 
faith, and men would have no more his- 
tory than a flock of sheep. — Bulwer. 

It is faith* among men that holds the 
moral elements of society together, as 
it is faith in God that binds the world 
to his throne. — W. M. Evarts. 

There is one sure criterion of judg- 
ment as to religious faith in doctrinal 
matters; can you reduce it to practice? — 
If not, have none of it. — H. Ballou. 

Ignorance as to unrevealed mysteries 
is the mother of a saving faith ; and un- 
derstanding in revealed truths is the 
mother of a sacred knowledge. — Under- 
stand not therefore that thou mayest be- 
lieve, but believe that thou mayest 
understand. — Understanding is the wages 
of a lively faith, and faith is the reward 
of an humble ignorance. — Quarles. 

Faith is the root of all blessings. Be- 
lieve, and you shall be saved; believe, 
and you must needs be satisfied; be- 
lieve, and you cannot but be comforted 
and happy. — Jeremy Taylor. 

Faith does nothing alone — nothing of 
itself, but everything under God, by 
God, through God. — Stoughton. 

Much knowledge of divine things is 
lost to us through want of faith. — 

I prefer a firm religious faith to 
every other blessing. — For it makes life 
a discipline of goodness; creates new 
hopes, when those of the world vanish ; 
throws over the decay of life the most 
gorgeous of all lights; and awakens life 
even in death. — Sir H. Davy. 

Faith is like love: it cannot be forced. 
— As trying to force love begets hatred, 
so trying to compel religious belief leads 
to unbelief. — Schopenhauer. 

FALSEHOOD.— (See "Liars.") 

Dishonor waits on perfidy. — A man 
should blush to think a falsehood; it is 
the crime of cowards. — C. Johnson. 

Dare to be true; nothing can need a 
lie. — Herbert. 

The lie of fear is the refuge of 
cowardice, and the lie of fraud the de- 
vice of the cheat. — The inequalities of 
men and the lust of acquisition are a 
constant premium on lying. — Edward 

A lie has always a certain amount of 
weight with those who wish to believe 
it.— E. W. Rice. 

If falsehood had, like truth, but one 
face only, we should be upon better 
terms; for we should then take the 
contrary to what the liar says for cer- 
tain truth ; but the reverse of truth hath 
a hundred figures, and is a field in- 
definite without bound or limit. — Mon- 

Falsehoods not only disagree with 
truths, but usually quarrel among 
themselves. — Daniel Webster. 

The gain of lying is nothing else but 
not to be trusted of any, nor to be be- 
lieved when we say the truth. — Sir W. 

Some men relate what they think, as 
what they know; some men of con- 
fused memories, and habitual inaccu- 
racy, ascribe to one man what belongs to 
another; and some talk on without 
thought or care. A few men are suffi- 
cient to broach falsehoods, which are 
afterwards innocently diffused by suc- 
cessive relaters. — Johnson. 

A liar begins with making falsehood 
appear like truth, and ends with making 
truth itself appear like falsehood. — 

None but cowards lie. — Murphy. 

He who tells a lie is not sensible how 
great a task he undertakes; for he must 
invent twenty more to maintain that 
one. — Pope. 

No species of falsehood is more fre- 
quent than flattery; to which the coward 
is betrayed by fear, the dependent by 
interest, and the friend by tenderness. 

Falsehood is never so successful as 
when she baits her hook with truth, and 
no opinions so fatally mislead us, as 
those that are not wholly wrong; as no 
watches so effectually deceive the wearer 
as those that are sometimes right. — 

It is more from carelessness about the 
truth, than from intention of lying, that 




there is so much falsehood in the world. 
— Johnson. 

Falsehood, like the dry rot, flourishes 
the more in proportion as air and light 
are excluded. — Whately. 

When Aristotle was asked what a man 
could gain by telling a falsehood, he re- 
plied "Never to be credited when he 
speaks the truth." 

Although the devil be the father of 
lies, he seems, like other great inventors, 
to have lost much of his reputation by 
the continual improvements that have 
been made upon him. — Swift. 

The telling of a falsehood is like the 
cut of a sabre; for though the wound 
may heal, the scar of it will remain. — 

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult! 
Examine your words well and you will 
find that even when you have no motive 
to be false it is very hard to say the 
exact truth, even about your own imme- 
diate feelings — much harder than to say 
something fine about them which is not 
the exact truth. — George Eliot. 

Not the least misfortune in a prom- 
inent falsehood is the fact that tradition 
is apt to repeat it for truth. — H. Ballou. 

Falsehood, like poison, will generally 
be rejected when administered alone; 
but when blended with wholesome in- 
gredients, may be swallowed un- 
perceived. — Whately. 

O, what a goodly outside falsehood 
hath; a goodly apple rotten at the 
heart ! — Shakespeare. 

Falsehood has an infinity of combina- 
tions, but truth has only one mode of 
being. — Rousseau. 

Do not let us lie at all. Do not think 
of one falsity as harmless, and another 
as slight, and another as unintended. 
Cast them all aside; they may be light 
and accidental, but they are ugly soot 
from the smoke of the pit. and it is bet- 
ter that our hearts should be swept clean 
of them, without one care as to which 
is largest or blackest. — Ruskin. 

Round dealing is the honor of man's 
nature; and a mixture of falsehood is 
like alloy in gold and silver, which may- 
make the metal work the better, but it 
embaseth it. — Bacon. 

Nothing gives such a blow to friend- 
ship as detecting another in an untruth. 

— It strikes at the root of our confidence 
ever after. — Hazlitt. 

Falsehood often lurks upon the tongue 
of him, who, by self-praise, seeks to en- 
hance his value in the eyes of others. — 
G. J. Bennett. 

Let falsehood be a stranger to thy 
lips. — Shame on the policy that first be- 
gan to tamper with the heart, to hide its 
thoughts. — And doubly shame on that 
inglorious tongue that sold its honesty, 
and told a lie. — Havard. 

Half a fact is a whole falsehood. — He 
who gives the truth a false coloring by 
his false manner of telling it, is the worst 
of liars. — E. L. Magoon. 

Every lie, great or small, is the brink 
of a precipice, the depth of which noth- 
ing but Omniscience can fathom. — C. 

This above all; to thine own self be 
true; and it must follow, as the night 
the day, thou canst not then be false 
to any man. — Shakespeare. 

FAME.— What is fame?— The advan- 
tage of being known by people of whom 
you yourself know nothing, and for 
whom you care as little. — Stanislaus. 

The way to fame is like the way to 
heaven, through much tribulation. — 

Fame, to the ambitious, is like salt 
water to the thirsty — the more one gets, 
the more he wants. — Ebers. 

Human life is too short to recompense 
the cares which attend the most private 
condition: therefore it is, that our souls 
are made, as it were, too big for it; 
and extend themselves in the prospect 
of a longer existence, in good fame, and 
memory of worthy actions, after our de- 
cease. — Steele. 

Fame is no sure test of merit, but only 
a probability of such, it is an accident, 
not a property of man. — Carlyle. 

That fame is the universal passion is 
by nothing more discovered than by 
epitaphs. The generality of mankind are 
not content to sink ingloriously into the 
grave, but wish to be paid that tribute 
after their deaths, which in many cases 
may not be due to the virtues of their 
lives. — Kett. 

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. — 

I courted fame but as a spur to brave 




and honest deeds; who despises fame 
wil soon renounce the virtues that de- 
serve it. — Mallet. 

Of present fame think little, and of fu- 
ture less; the praises that we receive 
after we are buried, like the flowers that 
are strewed over our grave, may be 
gratifying to the living, but they are 
nothing to the dead; the dead are gone, 
either to a place where they hear them 
not, or where, if they do, they will 
despise them. — Colton. 

There is not in the world so toilsome 
a trade as the pursuit of fame: life con- 
cludes before you have so much as 
sketched your work. — Bruyere. 

He that pursues fame with just claims, 
trusts his happiness to the winds; but 
he that endeavors after it by false merit, 
has to fear, not only the violence of the 
storm, but the leaks of his vessel. — 

The temple of fame stands upon the 
grave; the flame upon its altars is 
kindled from the ashes of the dead. — 

It often happens that those of whom 
we speak least on earth are best known 
in heaven. — Caussin. 

Men think highly of those who rise 
rapidly in the world, whereas nothing 
rises quicker than dust, straw, and 
feathers. — Hare. 

Fame, like the river, is narrowest 
where it is bred, and broadest afar off. — 

Much of reputation depends on the 
period in which it rises. — In dark pe- 
riods, when talents appear, they shine 
like the sun through a small hole in the 
window-shutter, and the strong beam 
dazzles amid the surrounding gloom. — 
open the shutter, and the general diffu- 
sion of light attracts no notice. — Wal- 

Few people make much noise after 
their deaths who did not do so while 
living. — Hazlitt. 

Let us satisfy our own consciences, 
and trouble not ourselves by looking 
for fame. If we deserve it, we shall at- 
tain it: if we deserve it not we cannot 
force it. The praise bad actions obtain 
dies soon away; if good deeds are at 
first unworthily received, they are after- 

ward more properly appreciated. — 

Our admiration of a famous man less- 
ens upon our nearer acquaintance with 
him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated 
person without a catalogue of some of 
his weaknesses and infirmities. — Addison. 

Even the best things are not equal to 
their fame. — Thoreau. 

An earthly immortality belongs to a 
great and good character. — History em- 
balms it; it lives in its moral influence, 
in its authority, in its example, in the 
memory of its words and deeds. — E. 

A man who cannot win fame in his 
own age, will have a very small chance 
of winning it from posterity. — There 
may be some half dozen exceptions to 
this truth among myriads that attest it ; 
but what man of common sense would 
invest any large amount of hope in so 
unpromising a lottery? — Bulwer. 

It is the penalty of fame that a man 
must ever keep rising. — "Get a reputa- 
tion, and then go to bed," is the ab- 
surdest of all maxims. — " Keep up a 
reputation or go to bed," would be 
nearer the truth. — E. H. Chapin. 

What a heavy burden is a name that 
has too soon become famous. — Voltaire. 

Fame is an undertaker that pays but 
little attention to the living, but be- 
dizens the dead, furnishes out their 
funerals, and follows them to the grave. 
— Colton. 

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind 
that blows now this way, and now that, 
and changes name as it changes direc- 
tion. — Dante. 

In fame's temple there is always to be 
found a niche for rich dunces, importu- 
nate scoundrels, or successful butchers of 
the human race. — Zimmerman. 

I am not covetous for gold; but if it 
be a sin to covet honor, I am the most 
offending soul alive. — Shakespeare. 

Fame is a flower upon a dead man's 
heart. — Motherwell. 

Fame — a few words upon a tomb- 
stone, and the truth of those not to be 
depended on. — Bovee. 

If fame is only to come after death, I 
am in no hurry for it. — Martial. 

As the pearl ripens in the obscurity 




of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all 
the fame that is truly precious. — Landor. 

Suppose your candidate for fame pur- 
sues unremittingly the object of his love, 
through every difficulty and over every 
obstacle, till at last he overtakes her 
ladyship, and is permitted to kiss the 
hem of her garment on mount immor- 
tality, what will the dear-bought damsel 
boot him? If he take her to his bosom, 
she has no flesh and blood to warm it. 
If he taste of her lip, there is no more 
nectar in it than there are sunbeams in 
a cucumber. — Every rascal who has been 
bold and fearless enough, Nimrod, 
Cataline, and Tom Paine, all have had 
a smack at her before him: They have 
all more or less become famous, and 
will be remembered much longer than 
better men. — Daniel Webster. 

Milton neither aspired to present 
fame, nor even expected it. — His high 
ambition was (to use his own words), 
"To leave something so written, to after 
ages, that they should not willingly let 
it die." — And Cato finally observed, he 
would much rather posterity should ask 
why no statues were erected to him, 
than why they were. — Colton. 

Those who despise fame seldom de- 
serve it. — We are apt to undervalue the 
purchase we cannot reach, to conceal 
our poverty the better. — It is a spark 
that kindles upon the best fuel, and 
burns brightest in the bravest breast. — 
Jeremy Collier. 

It is an indiscreet and troublesome 
ambition that cares so much about 
fame; about what the world says of us; 
to be always looking in the faces of 
others for approval; to be always 
anxious about the effect of what we do 
or say; to be always shouting to hear 
the echoes of our own voices. — Long- 

Good fame is like fire ; when you have 
kindled you may easity preserve it; but 
if you extinguish it, you will not easily 
kindle it again. — Bacon. 

He who would acquire fame must not 
show himself afraid of censure. — The 
dread of censure is the death of genius. 
— Simms. 

Men's fame is like their hair, which 
grows after they are dead, and with just 
as little use to them. — Villiers. 

Fame is a revenue payable only to 

our ghosts; and to deny ourselves all 
present satisfaction, or to expose our- 
selves to so much hazard for this, were 
as great madness as to starve ourselves 
or fight desperately for food to be laid 
on our tombs after our death. — Mac- 

Common fame is the only liar that 
deserves to have some respect. — Though 
she tells many an untruth, she often hits 
right, and most especially when she 
speaks ill of men. — Saville. 

Of all the possessions of this life fame 
is the noblest: when the body has sunk 
into the dust the great name still lives. 
— Schiller. 

To get a name can happen but to few : 
it is one of the few things that cannot 
be bought. — It is the free gift of man- 
kind, which must be deserved before it 
will be granted, and is at last unwillingly 
bestowed. — Johnson. 

Time has a doomsday book, on whose 
pages he is continually recording illus- 
trious names. — But as often as a new 
name is written there, an old one dis- 
appears. — Only a few stand in illumi- 
nated characters never to be effaced. — 

Only the actions of the just smell 
sweet and blossom in the dust. — Shirley. 

Men's evil manners live in brass; their 
virtues we write in water. — Shakespeare. 

No true and permanent fame can be 
founded except in labors which promote 
the happiness of mankind. — Charles 

FAMILIARITY.— All objects lose by 
too familiar a view. — Dryden. 

Make not thy friends too cheap to 
thee, nor thyself to thy friend. — Fuller. 

Though familiarity may not breed 
contempt, it takes off the edge of ad- 
miration. — Hazlitt. 

The confidant of my vices is my 
master, though he were my valet. — 

Vice is a monster of such frightful 
mien as to be hated, needs but to be 
seen; but seen too oft, familiar with her 
face, we first endure, then pity, then em- 
brace. — Pope. 

Be not too familiar with thy servants. 
— At first it may beget love, but in the 
end it will breed contempt. — Fuller. 




Familiarities are the aphides that im- 
perceptibly suck out the juices intended 
for the germ of love. — Landor. 

When a man becomes familiar with 
his goddess, she quickly sinks into a 
woman . — A ddison . 

FAMILY. — The family was ordained 
of God that children might be trained 
up for himself; it was before the church, 
or rather the first form of the church on 

Civilization varies with the family, 
and the family with civilization. — Its 
highest and most complete realization is 
found where enlightened Christianity 
prevails; where woman is exalted to her 
true and lofty place as equal with the 
man; where husband and wife are one 
in honor, influence, and affection, and 
where children are a common bond of 
care and love. — This is the idea of a 
perfect family. — W. Aikman. 

Happy are the families where the gov- 
ernment of parents is the reign of af- 
fection, and obedience of the children 
the submission of love. 

If I might control the literature of the 
household, I would guarantee the well- 
being of the church and state. — Bacon. 

If God has taught us all truth in 
teaching us to love, then he has given 
us an interpretation of our whole duty 
to our households. — We are not born as 
the partridge in the wood, or the ostrich 
of the desert, to be scattered every- 
where; but we are to be grouped to- 
gether, and brooded by love, and reared 
day by day in that first of churches, 
the family. — H. W. Beecher. 

As are families, so is society. — If well 
ordered, well instructed, and well gov- 
erned, they are the springs from which 
go forth the streams of national great- 
ness and prosperity — of civil order and 
public happiness. — Thayer. 

The ties of family and of country were 
never intended to circumscribe the soul. 
— If allowed to become exclusive, en- 
grossing, clannish, so as to shut out the 
general claims of the human race, the 
highest end of Providence is frustrated, 
and home, instead of being the nursery, 
becomes the grave of the heart. — Chan- 

A happy family is but an earlier 
heaven. — Bowring. 

A house without a roof would scarcely 
be a more different home, than a family 
unsheltered by God's friendship, and the 
sense of being always rested in His provi- 
dential care and guidance. — Horace 

" The last word " is the most danger- 
ous of infernal machines, and the hus- 
band and wife should no more fight to 
get it than they would struggle for the 
possession of a lighted bombshell. — 
Douglas Jerrold. 

" A family without government," says 
Matthew Henry, " is like a house with- 
out a roof, exposed to every wind that 
blows." — He might better have said, 
like a house in flames, a scene of con- 
fusion, and commonly too hot to live 

Woman is the salvation or the de- 
struction of the family. — She carries its 
destiny in the folds of her mantle. — 

FANATICISM. — Fanaticism is the 
child of false zeal and superstition, the 
father of intolerance and persecution. — 

What is fanaticism to-day is the fash- 
ionable creed to-morrow, and trite as the 
multiplication table a week after. — Wen- 
dell Phillips. 

Fanaticism is such an overwhelming 
impression of the ideas relating to the 
future world as disqualifies for the duties 
of this. — Robert Hall. 

The downright fanatic is nearer to the 
heart of things than the cool and slip- 
pery disputant. — E. H. Chapin. 

Fanaticism, the false fire of an over- 
heated mind. — Cowpcr. 

Everybody knows that fanaticism is 
religion caricatured, and yet, with many, 
contempt of fanaticism is regarded as a 
sign of hostility to religion. — E. P. Whip- 

The blind fanaticism of one foolish 
honest man may cause more evil than 
the united efforts of twenty rogues. — 

The weakness of human nature has 
always appeared in times of great re- 
vivals of religion, by a disposition to 
run into extremes, especially in these 
three things: enthusiasm, superstition, 
and intemperate zeal. — Jonathan Ed- 




Fanatic faith, once wedded fast to 
some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last. 
— Moore. 

Of all things wisdom is the most ter- 
rified with epidemical fanaticism, be- 
cause, of all enemies, it is that against 
which she is the least able to furnish 
any kind of resource. — Burke. 

We often excuse our own want of 

philanthropy by giving the name of 

fanaticism to the more ardent zeal of 
others. — Longfellow. 

FANCY. — Fancy rules over two thirds 
of the universe, the past and future, 
while reality is confined to the present. 
— Richter. 

Fancy and humor, early and constantly 
indulged, may expect an old age overrun 
with follies. — Watts. 

Most marvellous and enviable is that 
fecundity of fancy which can adorn 
whatever it touches, which can invest 
naked fact and dry reasoning with un- 
looked for beauty, make flowers bloom 
even on the brow of the precipice, and 
turn even the rock itself into moss and 
lichens. — This faculty is most important 
for the vivid and attractive exhibition 
of truth to the minds of men. — Fuller. 

Fancy has an extensive influence in 
morals. — Some of the most powerful and 
dangerous feelings, as ambition and envy, 
derive their principal nourishment from 
a source so trivial. — Its effects on the 
common affairs of life is greater than 
might be supposed. — Naked reality 
would scarcely keep the world in motion. 
— Clulow. 

Fancy, when once brought into reli- 
gion, knows not where to stop. — it is like 
one of those fiends in old stories which 
any one could raise, but which, when 
raised, could never be kept within the 
magic circle. — Whately. 

Every fancy that we would substitute 
for a reality, is, if we saw aright, and 
saw the whole, not only false, but every 
way less beautiful and excellent than 
that which we sacrifice to it. — J. Sterling. 

FAREWELL.— In that fatal word,— 
howe'er we promise, hope, believe, there 
breathes despair. — Byron. 

I never spoke that word " farewell," 
but with an utterance faint and broken ; 
a heart-sick yearning for the time when 

it should never more be spoken. — Caro- 
line Bowles. 

That bitter word, which closed all 
earthly friendships, and finished every 
feast of love — farewell! — Pollok. 

Pass-word of memory — of by-gone 
days — thou everlasting epitaph — is there 
a land in which thou hast no dwelling 
place? — There is, O God, a world where 
human lips may say " Farewell ! " no 

Like some low and mournful spell, we 
whisper that sad word, " farewell." — P. 

FASHION.— (See "Custom.") 
It is the rule of rules, and the general 
law of all laws, that every person should 
observe the fashions of the place where 
he is. — Montaigne. 

Fashion is the science of appearances, 
and it inspires one with the desire to 
seem rather than to be. — E. H. Chapin. 

Every generation laughs at the old 
fashions, but follows religiously the new. 
— Thoreau. 

Fashion is, for the most part, nothing 
but the ostentation of riches. — Locke. 

Without depth of thought, or earnest- 
ness of feeling, or strength of purpose, 
living an unreal life, sacrificing sub- 
stance to show, substituting the ficti- 
tious for the natural, mistaking a crowd 
for society, finding its chief pleasure in 
ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in 
expedients for killing time, fashion is 
among the last influences under which a 
human being who respects himself, or 
who comprehends the great end of life, 
would desire to be placed. — Channing. 

A fop of fashion is the mercer's 
friend, the tailor's fool, and his own foe. 
— Lavater. 

Change of fashions is the tax which 
industry imposes on the vanity of the 
rich. — Chamjort. 

Fashion is gentility running away from 
vulgarity, and afraid of being overtaken 
by it. — It is a sign the two things are 
not far asunder. — Hazlitt. 

Fashion is a word which knaves and 
fools may use to excuse their knavery 
and folly. — Churchill. 

The mere leader of fashion has no 
genuine claim to supremacy; at least, no 
abiding assurance of it. He has em- 
broidered his title upon his waistcoat, 




and carries his worth in his watch chain ; 
and if he is allowed any real precedence 
for this, it is almost a moral swindle — a 
way of obtaining goods under false pre- 
tences. — E. H. Chapin. 

Fashion is a tyrant from which nothing 
frees us. — We must suit ourselves to its 
fantastic tastes. — But being compelled 
to live under its foolish laws, the wise 
man is never the first to follow, nor the 
last to keep them. — Pascal. 

Fashion seldom interferes with nature 
without diminishing her grace and effi- 
ciency. — Tuckerman. 

Thus grows up fashion, an equivocal 
semblance; the most puissant, the most 
fantastic and frivolous, the most feared 
and followed, and which morals and vio- 
lence assault in vain. — Emerson. 

The fashion doth wear out more ap- 
parel the man. — Shakespeare. 

He alone is a man, who can resist the 
genius of the age, the tone of fashion, 
with vigorous simplicity and modest 
courage. — Lavater. 

Avoid singularity. — There may often 
be less vanity in following the new 
modes, than in adhering to the old ones. 
— It is true that the foolish invent them, 
but the wise may conform to, instead of 
contradicting them. — Joubert. 

Those who seem to lead the public 
taste, are, in general, merely outrunning 
it in the direction it is spontaneously 
pursuing. — Macaulay. 

Fashion is only the attempt to realize 
art in living forms and social inter- 
course. — O. W. Holmes. 

Fashion is the great governor of the 
world. — It presides not only in matters of 
dress and amusement, but in law, physic, 
politics, religion, and all other things of 
the gravest kind. — Indeed, the wisest men 
would be puzzled to give any better rea- 
son why particular forms in all these 
have been at certain times universally 
received, and at other times universally 
rejected, than that they were in, or out 
of fashion. — Fielding. 

It is as absurd to suppose that every- 
thing fashionable is bad, as it would be 
to suppose that everything unfashionable 
is good. — Momerie. 

To be happy is of far less consequence 
to the worshippers of fashion than to 
appear so; even pleasure itself they sac- 

rifice to parade, and enjoyment to osten- 
tation. — Colton. 

Fashion must be forever new, or she 
becomes insipid. — /. R. Lowell. 

Cast an eye on the gay and fashion- 
able world, and what see we for the most 
part, but a set of querulous, emaciated, 
fluttering fantastical beings, worn out in 
the keen pursuit of pleasure — creatures 
that know, own, condemn, deplore, and 
yet pursue their own infelicity? The 
decayed monuments of error! The thin 
remains of what is called delight! — 

We should conform to the manners of 
the greater number, and so behave as 
not to draw attention to ourselves. — Ex- 
cess either way shocks, and every wise 
man should attend to this in his dress 
as well as language ; never be affected in 
anything, but follow, without being in 
too great haste, the changes of fashion. — 

Be not too early in the fashion, nor 
too long out of it; nor at any time in 
the extremes of it. — Lavater. 

Custom is the law of one description 
of fools, and fashion of another; but the 
two parties often clash, for precedent is 
the legislator of the first, and novelty 
of the last! — Colton. 

FASTIDIOUSNESS.— Fastidiousness 
is only another form of egotism; and all 
men who know not where to look for 
truth, save in the narrow well of self, 
will find their own image at the bottom, 
and mistake it for what they are seeking. 
— J. R. Lowell. 

Fastidiousness is the envelope of in- 
delicacy. — Haliburton. 

Like other spurious things, fastidious- 
ness is often inconsistent with itself, the 
coarsest things are done, and the crud- 
est things said by the most fastidious 
people. — Mrs. Kirkland. 

FATE. — There is a divinity that 
shapes our ends, rough-hew them as we 
will. — Shakespeare. 

Fate is not the ruler, but the servant 
of Providence. — Bulwer. 

What must be shall be ; and that which 
is a necessity to him that struggles, is 
little more than choice to him that is 
willing. — Seneca. 

All things are by fate, but poor blind 
man sees but a part of the chain, the 




nearest link, his eyes not reaching to 
that equal beam which poises all above. 
— Dryden. 

Whatever may happen to thee, it was 
prepared for thee from all eternity; and 
the implication of causes was, from eter- 
nity, spinning the thread of thy being, 
and of that which is incident to it. — 
Marcus Antoninus. 

God overrules all mutinous accidents, 
brings them under his laws of fate, and 
makes them all serviceable to his pur- 
pose. — Marcus Antoninus. 

" Whosoever quarrels with his fate 
does not understand it," says Bettine; 
and among all her sa3 r ings she spoke none 
wiser. — Mrs. L. M. Child. 

Heaven from all creatures hides the 
book of fate. — Shakespeare. 

If you believe in fate, believe in it, 
at least, for your good. — Emerson. 

Fate is the friend of the good, the 
guide of the wise, the tyrant of the fool- 
ish, the enemy of the bad. — W. R. Alger. 

A strict belief in fate is the worst kind 
of slavery; on the other hand there is 
comfort in the thought that God will be 
moved by our prayers. — Epicurus. 

Thought presides over all. — Fate, that 
dead phantom, shall vanish from action, 
and providence alone be visible in 
heaven and on earth. — Bulwer. 

All things are ordered by God, but his 
providence takes in our free agency, as 
well as his own sovereignty. — Tryon Ed- 

All is created and goes according to 
order, yet o'er our lifetime rules an un- 
certain fate. — Goethe. 

Our wills and fates do so contrary run, 
that our devices still are overthrown; 
our thoughts are ours, their ends none of 
our own. — Shakespeare. 

Fate! there is no fate. — Between the 
thought and the success God is the only 
agent. — Bulwer. 

FAULTS.— (See "Imperfections.") 
He will be immortal who liveth till he 

be stoned by one without fault. — Fuller. 
If the best man's faults were written 

on his forehead, he would draw his hat 

over his eyes. — Gray. 

We should correct our own faults by 
seeing how uncomely they appear in 
others . — Beaumont . 

This I always religiously observed, as 
a rule, never to chide my husband before 
company nor to prattle abroad of mis- 
carriages at home. What passes between 
two people is much easier made up than 
when once it has taken air. 

We confess small faults, in order to in- 
sinuate that we have no great ones. — 
Roche] oucauld. 

You will find it less easy to uproot 
faults, than to choke them by gaining 
virtues. — Ruskin. 

No one sees the wallet on his own 
back, though every one carries two packs, 
one before, stuffed with the faults of his 
neighbors; the other behind, filled with 
his own. — Old Proverb. 

To reprove small faults with undue 
vehemence, is as absurd as if a man 
should take a great hammer to kill a fly 
on his friend's forehead. — Anon. 

People are commonly so employed in 
pointing out faults in those before them, 
as to forget that some behind may at 
the same time be descanting on their 
own. — Dilwyn. 

It is not so much the being exempt 
from faults, as having overcome them, 
that is an advantage to us; it being with 
the follies of the mind as with the weeds 
of a field, which if destroyed and con- 
sumed upon the place of their birth, en- 
rich and improve it more than if none 
had ever sprung there. — Pope. 

If thou wouldst bear thy neighbor's 
faults, cast thine eyes upon thine own. 
— Molinos. 

He who exhibits no faults is a fool or 
a hypocrite whom we should distrust. — 

We easily forget our faults when they 
are known only to ourselves. — Rochefou- 

Observe your enemies for they first 
find out your faults. — Antisthenes. 

If we were faultless we should not be 
so much annoyed by the defects of those 
with whom we associate. — Fenelon. 

Every one is eagle-eyed to see an- 
other's faults and deformity. — Dryden. 

To acknowledge our faults when we 
are blamed, is modesty ; to discover them 
to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is con- 
fidence; but to proclaim them to the 
world, if one does not take care, is pride. 
— Confucius. 




Endeavor to be always patient of the 
faults and imperfections of others; for 
thou hast many faults and imperfections 
of thine own that require forbearance. 
If thou art not able to make thyself that 
which thou wishest, how canst thou ex- 
pect to mold another in conformity to 
thy will? — Thomas a Kempis. 

The wise man has his foibles as well 
as the fool. — Those of the one are known 
to himself, and concealed from the 
world; while those of the other are 
known to the world, and concealed from 
himself. — J. Mason. 

Think of your own faults the first part 
of the night when you are awake, and 
of the faults of others the latter part 
of the night when you are asleep. — Chi- 
nese Proverb. 

Men are almost always cruel on their 
neighbors' faults, and make the over- 
throw of others the badge of their own 
ill-masked virtue. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Faults of the head are punished in this 
world, those of the heart in another; but 
as most of our vices are compound, so 
also is their punishment. — Colton. 

The greatest of faults is to be con- 
scious of none. — Carlyle. 

If you are pleased at finding faults, 
3 T ou are displeased at finding perfections. 
— Lavater. 

Bad men excuse their faults ; good men 
will leave them. — Ben Jonson. 

The fault-finder — it is his nature's 
plague to spy into abuses; and oft his 
jealousy shapes faults that are not. — 

Ten thousand of the greatest faults in 
our neighbors are of less consequence to 
us than one of the smallest in ourselves. 
— Whately. 

The lowest people are generally the 
first to find fault with show or equipage ; 
especially that of a person lately emerged 
from his obscurity. They never once 
consider that he is breaking the ice for 
themselves. — Shenstone. 

To find fault is easy ; to do better may 
be difficult. — Plutarch. 

FEAR. — Fear is the tax that con- 
science pays to guilt. — Sewell. 

Fear is implanted in us as a preserva- 
tive from evil; but its duty, like that of 
other passions, is not to overbear reason, 
but to assist it. — It should not be suf- 

fered to tyrannize in the imagination, 
to raise phantoms of horror, or to beset 
life with supernumerary distresses. — 

Present fears are less than horrible 
imaginings. — Shakespeare. 

We often pretend to fear what we 
really despise, and more often to despise 
what we really fear. — Colton. 

Fear guides more to duty than grati- 
tude. — For one man who is virtuous 
from the love of virtue, or from the ob- 
ligation he thinks he lies under to the 
giver of all, there are thousands who are 
good only from their apprehension of 
punishment. — Goldsmith. 

In time we hate that which we often 
fear. — Shakespeare. 

God planted fear in the soul as truly 
as he planted hope or courage. — It is a 
kind of bell or gong which rings the 
mind into quick life and avoidance on 
the approach of danger. — It is the soul's 
signal for rallying. — H. W. Beecher. 

Fear on guilt attends, and deeds of 
darkness; the virtuous breast ne'er 
knows it. — Havard. 

Fear nothing but what thine industry 
may prevent, and be confident of noth- 
ing but what fortune cannot defeat. — It 
is no less folly to fear what cannot be 
avoided than to be secure when there 
is a possibility of preventing. — Quarles. 

Fear is the mother of foresight. — H. 

Nothing is so rash as fear; its counsels 
very rarely put off, whilst they are al- 
ways sure to aggravate the evils from 
which it would fly — Burke. 

Fear is more painful to cowardice than 
death to true courage. — Sir P. Sidney. 

All fear is painful, and when it con- 
duces not to safety, is painful without 
use. — Every consideration, therefore, by 
which groundless terrors may be re- 
moved, adds something to human happi- 
ness. — Johnson. 

Good men have the fewest fears. — He 
who fears to do wrong has but one great 
fear; he has a thousand who has over- 
come it. — Bovee. 

He who fears being conquered is sure 
of defeat. — Napoleon. 

Early and provident fear is the mother 
of safety. — Burke, 




Fear manifested invites danger; con- 
cealed cowards insult known ones. — 

It is only the fear of God that can de- 
liver us from the fear of man. — Wither- 

There is great beauty in going through 
life without anxiety or fear. — Half our 
fears are baseless, and the other half 
discreditable. — Bovee. 

There is a virtuous fear which is the 
effect of faith, and a vicious fear which 
is the product of doubt and distrust. — 
The former leads to hope as relying on 
God, in whom we believe; the latter in- 
clines to despair, as not relying upon 
God, in whom we do not believe. — Per- 
sons of the one character fear to lose 
God; those of the other character fear 
to find him. — Pascal. 

In morals, what begins in fear usually 
ends in wickedness; in religion, what be- 
gins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. 
Fear, either as a principle or a motive, 
is the beginning of all evil. — Mrs. Jame- 

Fear is two-fold; a fear of solicitous 
anxiety, such as makes us let go our 
confidence in God's providence, and a 
fear of prudential caution, whereby, from 
a due estimate of approaching evil, we 
endeavor our own security. — The former 
is wrong and forbidden; the latter not 
only lawful, but laudable. — South. 

Desponding fear, of feeble fancies full, 
weak and unmanly, loosens every power. 
— Thomson. 

No one loves the man whom he fears. 
— Aristotle. 

FEASTING.— (See "Hospitality.") 

It is not the quantity of the meat, but 
the cheerfulness of the guests, which 
makes the feast. — Clarendon. 

He who feasts every day, feasts no 
day. — C. Simmons. 

The turnpike road to people's hearts, 
I find, lies through their mouths, or I 
mistake mankind. — Peter Pindar. 

To pamper the body is a miserable ex- 
pression of kindness and courtesy; the 
most sumptuous repast is " the feast of 
reason and the flow of soul " — an intel- 
lectual and moral treat. — C. Simmons. 

He that feasts his body with banquets 
and delicate fare, and starves his soul 
for want of spiritual food, is like him 

that feasts his slave and starves his wife. 

When I behold a fashionable table set 
out in all its magnificence, I fancy that 
I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and 
lethargies, with other innumerable dis- 
tempers, lying in ambuscade among the 
dishes. Nature delights in the most 
plain and simple diet. Every animal, 
but man, keeps to one dish. Herbs are 
the food of this species, fish of that, and 
flesh of a third. Man falls upon every- 
thing that comes in his way; not the 
smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, 
scarce a berry or a mushroom can es- 
cape him. — Addison. 

FEELINGS.— (See "Sensibility.") 

Our feelings were given us to excite to 
action, and when they end in them- 
selves, they are cherished to no good 
purpose. — Sandjord. 

Feeling in the young precedes phi- 
losophy, and often acts with a better 
and more certain aim. — Carleton. 

Strong feelings do not necessarily 
make a strong character. The strength 
of a man is to be measured by the power 
of the feelings he subdues, not by the 
power of those which subdue him. 

Cultivate consideration for the feel- 
ings of other people if you would not 
have your own injured. Those who com- 
plain most of ill-usage are those who 
abuse others the oftenest. 

The last, best fruit which comes to late 
perfection, even in the kindliest soul, 
is, tenderness toward the hard, forbear- 
ance toward the unforbearing, warmth of 
heart toward the cold, philanthropy to- 
ward the misanthropic. — Richter. 

The heart of man is older than his 
head. The first-born is sensitive, but 
blind — his younger brother has a cold, 
but all-comprehensive glance. The blind 
must consent to be led by the clear- 
sighted, if he would avoid falling. — 

Some people carry their hearts in their 
heads; very many carry their heads in 
their hearts. The difficulty is to keep 
them apart, and yet both actively work- 
ing together. 

A word — a look, which at one time 
would make no impression — at another 
time wounds the heart; and like a shaft 
flying with the wind, pierces deep, which, 
with its own natural force, would scarce 




have reached the object aimed at. — 

Every human feeling is greater and 
larger than its exciting cause — a proof, I 
think, that man is designed for a higher 
state of existence. — Coleridge. 

The heart that is soonest awake to the 
flowers is always the first to be touched 
by the thorns. — Moore. 

Feelings come and go, like light troops 
following the victory of the present; but 
principles, like troops of the line, are un- 
disturbed and stand fast. — Richter. 

Feeling does not become stronger in 
the religious life by waiting, but by us- 
ing it. — H. W. Beechcr. 

He who looks upon Christ through 
frames and feelings is like one who sees 
the sun on the water, and so sees it 
quivering and moving as the water 
moves. — But he that looks upon him in 
the glass of his word by faith, sees him 
forever the same. — Nottidge. 

Thought is deeper than all speech; 
feeling deeper than all thought; soul to 
souls can never teach what unto them- 
selves was taught. — C ranch. 

Feeling hearts, touch them but rightly, 
pour a thousand melodies unheard be- 
fore. — Rogers. 

Our higher feelings move our animal 
nature; and our animal nature, irritated, 
may call back a semblance of those emo- 
tions; but the whole difference between 
nobleness and baseness lies in the ques- 
tion, whether the feeling begins from be- 
low or above. — F. W. Robertson. 

In religion faith does not spring out of 
feeling, but feeling out of faith. — The 
less we feel the more we should trust. — 
We cannot feel right till we have be- 
lieved. — Bonar. 

The heart has often been compared to 
the needle of the compass for its con- 
stancy; has it ever been so for its varia- 
tions? — Yet were any man to keep min- 
utes of his feelings from youth to age, 
what a table of variations would they 
present — how numerous, how diverse, 
how strange! — Hare. 

FICKLENESS. — Fickleness has its 
rise in our experience of the fallacious- 
ness of present pleasure, and in our ig- 
norance of the vanity of that which is 
absent. — Pascal. 

The uncertain glory of an April day. 
— Shakespeare. 

They are the weakest-minded and the 
hardest-hearted men that most love 
change. — Ruskin. 

Everything by starts, and nothing 
long. — Dryden. 

He wears his faith but as the fashion 
of his hat ; it ever changes with the next 
block. — Shakespeare. 

A fickle memory is bad ; a fickle course 
of conduct is worse; but a fickle heart 
and purposes, worst of all. — C. Simmons. 

FICTION. — Man is a poetical animal 
and delights in fiction. — Hazlitt. 

Fiction allures to the severe task by 
a gayer preface. — Embellished truths are 
the illuminated alphabet of larger chil- 
dren. — Willmott. 

I have often maintained that fiction 
may be much more instructive than real 
history. — John Foster. 

Every fiction that has ever laid strong 
hold on human belief is the mistaken 
image of some great truth. — Martineau. 

Fiction is no longer a mere amuse- 
ment; but transcendent genius, accom- 
modating itself to the character of the 
age, has seized upon this province of 
literature, and turned fiction from a toy 
into a mighty engine. — Channing. 

The most influential books and the 
truest in their influence, are works of 
fiction. — They repeat, rearrange, and 
clarify the lessons of life, disengage us 
from ourselves, constrain us to the ac- 
quaintance of others, and show us the 
web of experience, but with a single 
change. — That monstrous, consuming 
ego of ours struck out. — R. L. Stevenson. 

The best histories may sometimes be 
those in which a little of the exaggera- 
tion of fictitious narrative is judiciously 
employed. — Something is lost in accu- 
racy, but much is gained in effect. — The 
fainter lines are neglected, but the great 
characteristic features are imprinted on 
the mind forever. — Macaulay. 

Many works of fiction may be read 
with safety; some even with profit; but 
the constant familiarity, even with such as 
are not exceptionable in themselves, re- 
laxes the mind, which needs hardening; 
dissolves the heart, which wants fortify- 
ing; stirs the imagination, which wants 
quieting; irritates the passions, which 




want calming; and, above all, disinclines 
and disqualifies for active virtues and 
for spiritual exercises. The habitual in- 
dulgence in such reading, is a silent min- 
ing mischief. Though there is no act, 
and no moment, in which any open as- 
sault on the mind is made, yet the con- 
stant habit performs the work of a 
mental atrophy — it produces all the 
symptoms of decaj 7 ; and the danger is 
not less for being more gradual, and 
therefore less suspected. — H. More. 

Fiction is not falsehood, as some seem 
to think. — It is rather the fanciful and 
dramatic grouping of real traits around 
imaginary scenes or characters. — It may 
give false views of men or things, or it 
may, in the hands of a master, more 
truthfully portray life than sober history 
itself. — Tryon Edwards. 

Those who delight in the study of hu- 
man nature, may improve in the knowl- 
edge of it, and in the profitable applica- 
tion of it by the perusal of the best 
selected fictions. — Whately. 

FIDELITY.— Nothing is more noble, 
nothing more venerable than fidelity. — 
Faithfulness and truth are the most sa- 
cred excellences and endowments of the 
human mind. — Cicero. 

Fidelity is the sister of justice. — Hor- 

His words are bonds; his oaths are 
oracles; his heart is as far from fraud 
as heaven from earth. — Shakespeare. 

It goes far toward making a man 
faithful to let him understand that you 
think him so; and he that does but 
suspect I will deceive him, gives me a 
sort of right to do it. — Seneca. 

Trust reposed in noble natures obliges 
them the more. — Dry den, 

The way to fill a large sphere is to 
glorify a small one. There is no large 
sphere; you are your sphere; the man 
regenerate and consecrated is the lordli- 
est thing on earth, because he makes 
himself so. — Edward Braislin. 

I am constant as the Northern star, of 
whose true-fixed and resting quality there 
is no fellow in the firmament. — Shake- 

Fidelity is seven-tenths of business 
success. — Parton. 

Faithful found among the faithless, 
his loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal, 

nor number, nor example with him 
wrought to swerve from truth, or change 
his constant mind. — Milton. 

Heaven! were man but constant, he 
were perfect; that one error fills him 
with faults. — Shakespeare. 

To God, thy country, and thy friend 
be true, then thou'lt ne'er be false to 
any one. — Vaughan. 

FIRMNESS. — Firmness of purpose is 
one of the most necessaiy sinews of 
character, and one of the best instru- 
ments of success. — Without it genius 
wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsist- 
encies. — Chesterfield. 

When firmness is sufficient, rashness is 
unnecessary. — Napoleon. 

The firm, without pliancy, and the 
pliant, without firmness, resemble ves- 
sels without water, and water without 
vessels. — Lava ter. 

The greatest firmness is the greatest 
mercy. — Longfellow. 

1 know no real worth but that tran- 
quil firmness which meets dangers by 
duty, and braves them without rashness. 
— Stanislaus. 

Steadfastness is a noble quality, but, 
unguided by knowledge or humility, it 
becomes rashness, or obstinacy. — Swartz. 

Firmness, both in suffering and exer- 
tion, is a character which I would wish 
to possess. — I have always despised the 
whining yelp of complaint, and the cow- 
ardly feeble resolve. — Burns. 

It is only persons of firmness that can 
have real gentleness. — Those who ap- 
pear gentle are, in general, only a weak 
character, which easily changes into as- 
perity. — Rochefoucauld. 

That profound firmness which enables 
a man to regard difficulties but as evils 
to be surmounted, no matter what shape 
they may assume. — Cockton. 

The purpose firm is equal to the deed. 

— Young. 

FLATTERY.— Men find it more easy 
to flatter than to praise. — Richter. 

Of all wild beasts preserve me from 
a tyrant; and of all tame, from a flat- 
terer. — Ben Jonson. 

The art of flatterers is to take advan- 
tage of the foibles of the great, to foster 
their errors, and never to give advice 
which may annoy. — Moliere. 




If we would not flatter ourselves, the 
flattery of others could not harm us. — 

Flatterers are the worst kind of trai- 
tors for they will strengthen thy imper- 
fections, encourage thee in all evils, 
correct thee in nothing, but so shadow 
and paint all thy vices and follies as 
thou shalt never, by their will, discern 
good from evil, or vice from virtue. — 
Sir W. Raleigh. 

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and 
the giver; and adulation is not of more 
service to the people than to kings. — 

There is an oblique way of reproof, 
which takes off the sharpness of it, and 
an address in flattery, which makes it 
agreeable, though never so gross; but of 
all flatterers, the most skilful is he who 
can do what you like, without saying 
anything which argues he does it for your 
sake. — Pope. 

He that is much flattered soon learns 
to flatter himself. — We are commonly 
taught our duty by fear or shame, but 
how can they act upon a man who hears 
nothing but his own praises? — Johnson. 

Deference before company is the gen- 
teelest kind of flattery. The flattery of 
epistles affects one less, as they cannot 
be shown without an appearance of van- 
ity. Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. 
In short, applause is of too coarse a 
nature to be swallowed in the gross, 
though the extract of tincture be ever 
so agreeable. — Shenstone. 

To be flattered is grateful, even when 
we know that our praises are not be- 
lieved by those who pronounce them; 
for they prove at least our power, and 
show that our favor is valued, since it 
is purchased by the meanness of false- 
hood . — Johnson. 

Flattery is never so agreeable as to 
our blind side; commend a fool for his 
wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they 
will receive you into their bosom. — 

Flattery, though a base coin, is the 
necessary pocket-money at court; where, 
by custom and consent, it has obtained 
such a currenc}', that it is no longer a 
fraudulent, but a legal payment. — 

Know thyself, thine evil as well as 
thy good, and flattery shall not harm 

thee; her speech shall be a warning, a 
humbling, and a guide ; for wherein thou 
lackest most, there chiefly will thy syco- 
phant commend thee. — Tupper. 

No man flatters the woman he truly 
loves. — Tuckerman. 

Adulation is the death of virtue. — Who 
flatters, is, of all mankind, the lowest, 
save he who courts the flattery. — H. 

You play the spaniel, and think with 
wagging of your tongue to win me. — 

Nothing is so great an instance of ill- 
manners as flattery. If you flatter all 
the company, you please none; if you 
flatter only one or two, you affront the 
rest. — Swift. 

Flattery is a base coin which gains 
currency only from our vanity. — Roche- 

Imitation is the sincerest flattery. — 

It is better to fall among crows than 
flatterers; for those devour only the 
dead — these the living. — Antisthenes. 

We sometimes think we hate flattery, 
when we only hate the manner in which 
we have been flattered. — Rochejoucauld. 

Some there are who profess to despise 
all flattery, but even these are, never- 
theless, to be flattered, by being told that 
they do despise it. — Colton. 

The rich man despises those who flat- 
ter him too much, and hates those who 
do not flatter him at all. — Talleyrand. 

A death-bed flattery is the worst of 
treacheries. Ceremonies of mode and 
compliment are mightily out of season 
when life and salvation come to be at 
stake. — U Estrange. 

There is scarcely any man, how much 
soever he may despise the character of 
a flatterer, but will condescend in the 
meanest manner to flatter himself. — 

Allow no man to be so free with you 
as to praise you to your face. — Your 
vanity, by this means, will want its food, 
but at the same time your passion for 
esteem will be more fully gratified; men 
will praise you in their actions; where 
you now receive one compliment, you 
will then receive twenty civilities. — 




The lie that flatters I abhor the most. 
— Cowper. 

There is no detraction worse than to 
over-praise a man; for if his worth prove 
short of what report doth speak of him, 
his own actions are ever giving the lie 
to his honor. — Feltham. 

There is no tongue that flatters like a 
lover's; and yet in the exaggeration of 
his feelings, flattery seems to him com- 
monplace . — Bulwer. 

There is no flattery so adroit or effec- 
tual as that of implicit assent. — Hazlitt. 

Flatterers are the worst kind of ene- 
mies. — Tacitus. 

The most skilful flattery is to let a 
person talk on, and be a listener. — Ad- 

The most subtle flattery a woman can 
receive is that conveyed by actions, not 
by words. — Mad. Neckar. 

Self-love is the greatest of flatterers. 
— Rochefoucauld. 

A fool flatters himself; the wise man 
flatters the fool. — Bulwer. 

It is a dangerous crisis when a proud 
heart meets with flattering lips. — Flavel. 

When flatterers meet the devil goes to 
dinner. — De Foe. 

We love flattery, even when we see 
through it, and are not deceived by it, 
for it shows that we are of importance 
enough to be courted. — Emerson. 

Adroit observers will find that some 
who affect to dislike flattery may yet be 
flattered indirectly by a well-seasoned 
abuse and ridicule of their rivals. — Col- 

It has well been said that the arch- 
flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers 
have intelligence, is a man's self. — Bacon. 

Flattery is often a traffic of mutual 
meanness, where, although both parties 
intend deception, neither are deceived. — 

The only benefit of flattery is that by 
hearing what we are not, we may be 
instructed what we ought to be. — Swift. 

'Tis an old maxim in the schools, that 
flattery is the food of fools. — Yet now 
and then your men of wit will conde- 
scend to take a bit. — Swift. 

FLOWERS. — Flowers are God's 
thoughts of beauty taking form to glad- 
den mortal gaze. 

Lovely flowers are the smiles of God's 
goodness. — Wilberforce . 

Flowers are the sweetest things that 
God ever made and forgot to put a soul 
into. — II. W. Beecher. 

What a desolate place would be a 
world without flowers? — It would be a 
face without a smile; a feast without a 
welcome. — Are not flowers the stars of 
the earth? — And are not our stars the 
flowers of heaven? — Mrs. Balfour. 

To me the meanest flower that blows 
can give thoughts that do often lie too 
deep for tears. — Wordsworth. 

What a pity flowers can utter no 
sound? — A singing rose, a whispering vio- 
let, a murmuring honeysuckle, — oh, what 
a rare and exquisite miracle would these 
be! — H. W. Beecher. 

The flowers are nature's jewels, with 
whose wealth she decks her summer 
beauty. — Croly. 

The instinctive and universal taste of 
mankind selects flowers for the expres- 
sion of its finest sympathies, their beauty 
and fleetingness serving to make them 
the most fitting symbols of those deli- 
cate sentiments for which language seems 
almost too gross a medium. — Hillard. 

Flowers are love's truest language. — 
P. Benjamin. 

To analyze the charms of flowers is 
like dissecting music; it is one of those 
things which it is far better to enjoy, 
than to attempt fully to understand. — 

In eastern lands they talk in flowers, 
and tell in a garland their loves and 
cares. — Percival. 

How the universal heart of man blesses 
flowers! — They are wreathed round the 
cradle, the marriage altar, and the tomb. 
— They should deck the brow of the 
youthful bride, for they are in them- 
selves a lovely type of marriage. — They 
should twine round the tomb, for their 
perpetually renewed beauty is a symbol 
of the resurrection. — They should fes- 
toon the altar, for their fragrance and 
beauty ascend in perpetual worship be- 
fore the most high. — Mrs. L. M. Child. 

It is with flowers as with moral quali- 
ties; the bright are sometimes poison- 
ous, but I believe never the sweet. — 

Your voiceless lips, 0, flowers, are 




living preachers — each cup a pulpit, and 
each leaf a book. — Horace Smith. 

Stars of earth, these golden flowers; 
emblems of our own great resurrection; 
emblems of the bright and better land. 
— Longfellow. 

Every rose is an autograph from the 
hand of God on his world about us. — He 
has inscribed his thoughts in these mar- 
vellous hieroglyphics which sense and 
science have, these many thousand years, 
been seeking to understand. — Theodore 

A passion for flowers, is, I think, the 
only one which long sickness leaves un- 
touched with its chilling influence. — Mrs. 

To cultivate a garden is to walk with 
God. — Bovee. 

There is not the least flower but seems 
to hold up its head and to look pleas- 
antly, in the secret sense of the goodness 
of its heavenly Maker. — South. 

Flowers are God's thoughts of beauty, 
taking form to gladden mortal gaze; — 
bright gems of earth, in which, per- 
chance, we see what Eden was — what 
Paradise may be! 

FOLLY. — Folly consists in drawing of 
false conclusions from just principles, by 
which it is distinguished from madness, 
which draws just conclusions from false 
principles. — Locke. 

There is a foolish corner even in the 
brain of the sage. — Aristotle. 

This peculiar ill property has folly, 
that it enlarges men's desires while it 
lessens their capacities. — South. 

_ Men of all ages have the same inclina- 
tions over which reason exercises no 
control. Thus wherever men are found 
there are follies, aye, and the same 
follies. — Fontenelle. 

The wise man has his follies no less 
than the fool; but herein lies the differ- 
ence — the follies of the fool are known 
to the world, but are hidden from him- 
self; the follies of the wise man are 
known to himself, but hidden from the 
world. — Colton. 

Want and sorrow are the wages that 
folly earns for itself, and they are gen- 
erally paid. — Schubart. 

He who lives without folly is not so 
wise as he imagines. — Rochefoucauld. 
FOOLS.— The world is full of fools; 

and he who would not wish to see one, 
must not only shut himself up alone, 
but must also break his looking-glass. — 

What the fool does in the end, the 
wise man does in the beginning. — 
Spanish maxim. 

A fool in a high station is like a man 
on the top of a high mountain — every- 
thing appears small to him and he ap- 
pears small to everybody. 

In all companies there are more fools 
than wise men, and the greater part al- 
ways gets the better of the wiser. — Rabe- 

If any young man expects without 
faith, without thought, without study, 
without patient, persevering labor, in the 
midst of and in spite of discouragement, 
to attain anything in this world that is 
worth attaining, he will simply wake up, 
by-and-by, and find that he has been 
playing the part of a fool. — M . J. Savage. 

People have no right to make fools of 
themselves, unless they have no relations 
to blush for them. — Haliburton. 

A fool may be known by six things: 
anger, without cause; speech, without 
profit; change, without progress; inquiry, 
without object; putting trust in a 
stranger, and mistaking foes for friends. 
— Arabian Proverb. 

There are many more fools in the 
world than there are knaves, otherwise 
the knaves could not exist. — Bulwer. 

Nothing is more intolerable than a 
prosperous fool; and hence we see men 
who, at one time, were affable and agree- 
able, completely changed by prosperity, 
despising old friends and clinging to 
new. — Cicero. 

A fool always finds some greater fool 
to admire him. — Boileau. 

There is no greater fool than he that 
says, "There is no God," unless it be 
the one who says he does not know 
whether there is one or not. — Bismarck. 

A fool at forty is a fool indeed. — 

None but a fool is always right. — 

To be a man's own fool is bad enough ; 
but the vain man is everybody's. — Penn. 

The greatest of fools is he who im- 
poses on himself, and thinks certainly 




he knows that which he has least studied, 
and of which he is most profoundly 
ignorant. — Shaftesbury. 

A fool may have his coat embroidered 
with gold, but it is a fool's coat still. — 

There are more fools than wise men; 
and even in wise men, more folly than 
wisdom.— Cham fort. 

Men may live fools, but fools they 
cannot die. — Young. 

A man may be as much a fool from 
the want of sensibility, as from the want 
of sense. — Mrs. Jameson. 

A fool can no more see his own folly 
than he can see his ears. — Thackeray. 

Young men think old men fools, and 
old men know young men to be so. — 

Where lives the man that has not 
tried how mirth can into folly glide, 
and folly into sin! — Walter Scott. 

Fools are often united in the strictest 
intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods 
are the most closely glued together. — 

Fools with bookish knowledge, are 
children with edged weapons; they hurt 
themselves, and put others in pain. — The 
half-learned is more dangerous than the 
simpleton. — Zimmerman. 

To pursue trifles is the lot of human- 
ity; and whether we bustle in a panto- 
mime, or strut at a coronation, or shout 
at a bonfire, or harangue in a senate- 
house; whatever object we follow, it will 
at last conduct us to futility and dis- 
appointment. The wise bustle and laugh 
as they walk in the pageant, but fools 
bustle and are important ; and this 
probably, is all the difference between 
them. — Goldsmith. 

I am always afraid of a fool; one 
cannot be sure he is not a knave. — 

FOPPERY.— (See "Coxcomb.") 

Foppery is the egotism of clothes. — 
Victor Hugo. 

Foppery is never cured; it is of the 
bad stamina of the mind, which, like 
those of the body, are never rectified. — 
Once a coxcomb, always a coxcomb. — 

The soul of this man is in his clothes. 
— Shakespeare. 

Fops take a world of pains, to prove 
that bodies can exist without brains; the 
former so fantastically drest, that the 
latter's absence may be safely guessed. — 

Puppets, who, though on idiotism's 
dark brink, because they've heads, dare 
fancy they can think! — Wolcott. 

A shallow brain, behind a serious 
mask; an oracle within an empty cask — 
the solemn fop! — Cowper. 

FORBEARANCE. — If thou would'st 
be borne with, then bear with others. — 

The kindest and the happiest pair, will 
find occasion to forbear; find something 
every day- they live, to pity, and perhaps 
forgive. — Cowper. 

Cultivate forbearance till your heart 
yields a fine crop of it. Pray for a 
short memory as to all unkindnesses. — 

It is a noble and great thing to cover 
the blemishes and excuse the failings of 
a friend; to draw a curtain before his 
stains, and to display his perfection; to 
bury his weaknesses in silence, but to 
proclaim his virtues on the house-top. — 

Use every man after his deserts, and 
who shall escape whipping? — Shake- 

To bear injuries, or annoying and 
vexatious events, meekly, patienth', 
prayerfully, and with self-control, is 
more than taking a city. — C. Simmons. 

There is a limit at which forbearance 
ceases to be a virtue. — Burke. 

FORCE. — Who overcomes by force, 
hath overcome but half his foe. — Milton. 

Force rules the world — not opinion; 
but opinion which makes use of force. — 

FOREBODING. — A heavy summons 
lies like lead upon me. — Shakespeare. 

Half our forebodings of our neighbors, 
are but our wishes, which we are 
ashamed to utter in any other form. — 
L. E. Landon. 

FORETHOUGHT. — To fear the 
worst, oft cures the worst. — Shakespeare. 

To have too much forethought is the 
part of a wretch; to have too little is 
the part of a fool. — Cecil. 

As a man without forethought scarcely 




deserves the name of man, so fore- 
thought without reflection is but a 
phrase for the instinct of the beast. — 

It is only the surprise and newness of 
the thing which makes terrible that mis- 
fortune, which by premeditation might 
be made easy to us; for what some 
people make light by sufferance, others 
do by foresight. — Seneca. 

Happy those who knowing they are 
subject to uncertain changes, are pre- 
pared and armed for either fortune; a 
rare principle, and with much labor 
learned in wisdom's school. — Massinger. 

He that foretells his own calamity, and 
makes events before they come, doth 
twice endure the pains of evil destiny. — 

Human foresight often leaves its 
proudest possessor only a choice of evils. 
— Colton. 

If a man take no thought about what 
is distant, he will find sorrow near at 
hand. — Confucius. 

In life, as in chess, forethought wins. 
— Buxton. 

Whatever is foretold by God will be 
done by man; but nothing will be done 
by man because it is foretold by God. — 

Whoever fails to turn aside the ills of 
life by prudent forethought, must sub- 
mit to the course of destiny. — Schiller. 

Accustom yourself to submit on every 
occasion to a small present evil, to ob- 
tain a greater distant good. This will 
give decision, tone, and energy to the 
mind, which, thus disciplined, will often 
reap victory from defeat, and honor from 
repulse. — Colton. 

Few things are brought to a successful 
issue by impetuous desire, but most by 
calm and prudent forethought. — Thucy- 

FORGETFULNESS. — Though the 
past haunt me as a spirit, I do not ask 
to forget. — Mrs. Hemans. 

There is a noble forgetfulness — that 
which does not remember injuries. — C. 

When out of sight, quickly also out of 
mind. — Thos. a Kempis. 

FORGIVENESS.— (See "Pardon.") 

To err is human; to forgive, divine. — 

His heart was as great as the world, 
but there was no room in it to hold the 
memory of a wrong. — Emerson. 

He that cannot forgive others, breaks 
the bridge over which he himself must 
pass if he would ever reach heaven; for 
every one has need to be forgiven. — 

Said General Oglethorpe to Wesley, 
" I never forgive." " Then I hope, sir," 
said Wesley, " you never sin." 

We hand folks over to God's mercy, 
and show none ourselves. — George Eliot. 

Forgiveness is the most necessary and 
proper work of every man; for, though, 
when I do not a just thing, or a chari- 
table, or a wise, another man may do it 
for me, yet no man can forgive my 
enemy but myself. — Lord Herbert. 

A brave man thinks no one his supe- 
rior who does him an injury; for he has 
it then in his power to make himself 
superior to the other by forgiving it. — 

Life that ever needs forgiveness has 
for its first duty to forgive. — Bulwer. 

A more glorious victory cannot be 
gained over another man, than this, that 
when the injury began on his part, the 
kindness should begin on ours. — Tillot- 

It has been a maxim with me to admit 
of eas\ r reconciliation with a person 
whose offence proceeded from no de- 
pravity of heart; but where I was con- 
vinced it did so, to forego, for my own 
sake, all opportunities of revenge. I 
have derived no small share of happi- 
ness from this principle. — Shcihstone. 

The heart has always the pardoning 
power. — Mad. Swetchine. 

A wise man will make haste to forgive, 
because he knows the full value of time 
and will not suffer it to pass away in 
unnecessary pain. — Rambler. 

It is hard for a haughty man ever to 
forgive one that has caught him in a 
fault, and whom he knows has reason to 
complain of him: his resentment never 
subsides till he has regained the advan- 
tage he has lost, and found means to 
make the other do him equal wrong. — 

Never does the human soul appear so 
strong and noble as when it foregoes re- 




venge, and dares to forgive an injury. — 
E. H. Chapin. 

It is more easy to forgive the weak 
who have injured us, than the powerful 
whom we have injured. That conduct 
will be continued by our fears which 
commenced in our resentment. He that 
has gone so far as to cut the claws of 
the lion will not feel himself quite secure 
until he has also drawn his teeth. — 

Little, vicious minds abound with 
anger and revenge, and are incapable of 
feeling the pleasure of forgiving their 
enemies. — Chesterfield. 

It is easier for the generous to forgive, 
than for the offender to ask forgiveness. 
— Thomson. 

They never pardon who commit the 
wrong. — Dry den. 

The sun should not set on our anger; 
neither should it rise on our confidence. 
— We should forgive freely, but forget 
rarely. — I will not be revenged; this I 
owe to my enemy. — I will remember; 
this I owe to myself. — Colton. 

To be able to bear provocation is an 
argument of great reason, and to forgive 
it of a great mind. — Tillotson. 

The narrow soul knows not the god- 
like glory of forgiving. — Rowe. 

Only the brave know how to forgive; 
it is the most refined and generous pitch 
of virtue human nature can arrive at. — 

May I tell you why it seems to me a 
good thing for us to remember wrong 
that has been done us? That we may 
forgive it. — Dickens. 

We pardon as long as we love. — Roche- 

We forgive too little; forget too much. 
— Mad. Swetchine. 

Humanity is never so beautiful as 
when praying for forgiveness, or else for- 
giving another. — Richter. 

When thou forgivest, the man who 
has pierced thy heart stands to thee in 
the relation of the sea-worm, that per- 
forates the shell of the mussel, which 
straightway closes the wound with a 
pearl. — Richter. 

He who has not forgiven an enemy 
has never yet tasted one of the most 
sublime enjoyments of life. — Lavater. 

A Christian will find it cheaper to 

pardon than to resent. Forgiveness 
saves the expense of anger, the cost 
of hatred, the waste of spirits. — Hannah 

Hath any wronged thee? — Be bravely 
revenged. — Slight it, and the work is 
begun: forgive, and it is finished. — He 
is below himself that is not above an 
injury. — Quarles. 

Who from crimes would pardoned be, 
in mercy should set others free. — Shake- 

" I can forgive, but I cannot forget," 
is only another way of saying, "I will 
not forgive." — Forgiveness ought to be 
like a cancelled note — torn in two, and 
burned up, so that it never can be 
shown against one. — H. W. Beecher. 

Of him that hopes to be forgiven it is 
required that he forgive. — On this great 
duty eternity is suspended; and to him 
that refuses to practice it the throne of 
mercy is inaccessible, and the Saviour 
of the world has been born in vain. — 

It is in vain for you to expect, it is 
impudent for you to ask of God for- 
giveness for yourself if you refuse to 
exercise this forgiving temper as to 
others. — Hoadly. 

Pardon, not wrath, is God's best at- 
tribute. — B. Taylor. 

The more we know, the better we for- 
give. — Whoe'er feels deeply, feels for all 
that live. — Mad. de Stael. 

Forgive many things in others; noth- 
ing in yourself. — Ausonius. 

FORMALISM.— It is the tendency, if 
not the essence of formalism to set the 
outward institutions of religion above 
its inward truths; to be punctilious in 
the round of ceremonial observances, 
while neglectful of those spiritual sac- 
rifices with which God is well pleased; 
to substitute means in the room of ends, 
and to rest in the type and symbol with- 
out rising to the glorious reality. — 

What are all the forms of religion, 
compared with the true and holy life of 
the devoted Christian? — Bp. Thomson. 

The house of the formalist is as empty 
of religion as the white of an egg is of 

savor. — Bunyan. 

FORMS. — Forms are but symbols; we 
should never rest in them, but make 




them the stepping stones to the good to 
which they point. 

The more men have multiplied the 
forms of religion, the more vital Godli- 
ness has declined. — Emmons. 

Of what use are forms, seeing at times 
they are empty? — Of the same use as 
barrels, which, at times, are empty too. 
— Hare. 

FORTITUDE. — Fortitude I take to 
be the quiet possession of a man's self, 
and an undisturbed doing his duty what- 
ever evils beset, or dangers lie in the 
way. — In itself an essential virtue, it is 
a guard to every other virtue. — Locke. 

The human race are sons of sorrow 
born; and each must have its portion. 
Vulgar minds refuse, or crouch beneath 
their load; the brave bear theirs without 
repining. — Malle t . 

True fortitude is seen in great exploits 
that justice warrants and that wisdom 
guides. — Addison. 

There is a strength of quiet endurance 
as significant of courage as the most 
daring feats of prowess. — Tuckerman. 

Who fights with passions and over- 
comes, that man is armed with the best 
virtue — passive fortitude. — J. Webster. 

The fortitude of the Christian con- 
sists in patience, not in enterprises which 
the poets call heroic and which are 
commonly the effects of interest, pride, 
and worldly honor. — Dryden. 

FORTUNE. — The wheel of fortune 
turns round incessantly, and who can 
say to himself, " I shall to-day be upper- 
most." — Confucius. 

Fortune is ever seen accompanying 
industry, and is as often trundling in a 
wheelbarrow as lolling in a coach and 
six. — Goldsmith. 

It cannot be denied that outward ac- 
cidents conduce much to fortune; favor, 
opportunity, death of others, occasion 
fitting virtue: but chiefly, the mold of 
a man's fortune is in his own hands. — 

We make our fortunes, and we call 
them fate. — Alroy. 

Fortune is like the market, where 
many times if you can stay a little the 
price will fall; and, again, it is some- 
times like a Sibyl's offer, which at first 
offereth the commodity at full, then con- 

sumeth part and part, and still holdeth 
up the price. — Bacon. 

May I always have a heart superior, 
with economy suitable, to my fortune. 
— Shenstone. 

Human life is more governed by for- 
tune than by reason. — Hume. 

Fortune does not change men; it only 
unmasks them. — Riccoboni. 

The way of fortune is like the milky- 
way in the sky; which is a number of 
small stars, not seen asunder, but giv- 
ing light together: so it is a number of 
little and scarce discerned virtues, or 
rather faculties and customs, that make 
men fortunate. — Bacon. 

We should manage our fortune as we 
do our health — enjoy it when good, be 
patient when it is bad, and never apply 
violent remedies except in an extreme 
necessity. — Rochefoucauld. 

Ovid finely compares a broken fortune 
to a falling column; the lower it sinks, 
the greater weight it is obliged to sus- 
tain. When a man's circumstances are 
such that he has no occasion to borrow, 
he finds numbers willing to lend him; 
but should his wants be such that he sues 
for a trifle, it is two to one whether he 
will be trusted with the smallest sum. — 

There is no one, says another, whom 
fortune does not visit once in his life; 
but when she does not find him ready to 
receive her, she walks in at the door, 
and flies out at the window. — Montes- 

" Fortune knocks at every man's door 
once in a life," but in a good many cases 
the man is in a neighboring saloon and 
does not hear her. — Mark Twain. 

Every man is the maker of his own 
fortune. — Tattler. 

We do not know what is really good 
or bad fortune. — Rousseau. 

The bad fortune of the good turns 
their faces up to heaven ; the good for- 
tune of the bad bows their heads down 
to the earth. — Saadi. 

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and 
the staff of the brave. — J. R. Lowell. 

Ill fortune never crushed that man 
whom good fortune deceived not. — Ben 

The fortunate circumstances of our 
lives are generally found, at last, to 




be of our own producing. — Goldsmith. 

High fortune makes both our virtues 
and vices stand out as objects that are 
brought clearly to view by the light. — 

Fortune, to show us her power, and 
abate our presumption, seeing she could 
not make fools wise, has made them 
fortunate. — Montaigne. 

Depend not on fortune, but on con- 
duct. — Publius Syrus. 

It requires greater virtues to support 
good than bad fortune. — Rochefoucauld. 

There is nothing keeps longer than a 
middling fortune, and nothing melts 
away sooner than a great one. Poverty 
treads upon the heels of great and un- 
expected riches. — Bruyere. 

To be thrown upon one's own re- 
sources, is to be cast into the very lap 
of fortune; for our faculties then under- 
go a development and display an energy 
of which they were previously unsus- 
ceptible. — Franklin . 

Fortune gives too much to many, but 
to none enough. — Martial. 

It is a madness to make fortune the 
mistress of events, because in herself 
she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence. 
— Dryden. 

We are sure to get the better of for- 
tune if we do but grapple with her. — 

Fortune is ever seen accompanying in- 
dustry. — Goldsmith. 

Many have been ruined by their for- 
tunes, and many have escaped ruin by 
the want of fortune. — To obtain it the 
great have become little, and the little 
great. — Zimmermann . 

The power of fortune is confessed only 
by the miserable, for the happy impute 
all their success to prudence or merit. — 

FRAUD. — For the most part fraud in 
the end secures for its companions re- 
pentance and shame. — C. Simmons. 

All frauds, like the wall daubed with 
untempered mortar, with which men 
think to buttress up an edifice, always 
tend to the decay of what the}' are de- 
vised to support. — Whately. 

The more gross the fraud the more 
glibly will it go down, and the more 
greedily be swallowed, since folly will 

always find faith where impostors will 
find impudence. — Colton. 

The first and worst of all frauds is to 
cheat oneself. — Bailey. 

Fraud generally lights a candle for 
justice to get a look at it; and a rogue's 
pen indites the warrant for his own 

FREEDOM. — To have freedom is 
only to have that which is absolutely 
necessary to enable us to be what we 
ought to be, and to possess what we 
ought to possess. — Rahel. 

No man is free who is not master of 
himself. — Epicietus. 

Countries are well cultivated, not as 
they are fertile, but as they are free. — 

The cause of freedom is identified with 
the destinies of humanity, and in what- 
ever part of the world it gains ground, 
by and by it will be a common gain to 
all who desire it. — Kossuth. 

The only freedom worth possessing is 
that which gives enlargement to a peo- 
ple's energy, intellect, and virtues. The 
savage makes his boast of freedom. But 
what is its worth? He is, indeed, free 
from what he calls the yoke of civil in- 
stitutions. But other and worse chains 
bind him. The very privation of civil 
government is in effect a chain; for, by 
withholding protection from property it 
virtually shackles the arm of industry, 
and forbids exertion for the melioration 
of his lot. Progress, the growth of in- 
telligence and power, is the end and boon 
of liberty; and, without this, a people 
may have the name, but want the sub- 
stance and spirit of freedom. — Channing. 

This is what I call the American idea 
of freedom — a government of all the 
people, by all the people, for all 
the people ; of course, a government of 
the principles of eternal justice — the un- 
changing law of God. — Theodore Parker. 

Void of freedom, what would virtue 
be? — Lamar tine . 

There is no legitimacy on earth but 
in a government which is the choice of 
the nation. — Joseph Bonaparte. 

The greatest glory of a free-born peo- 
ple is to transmit that freedom to their 
children. — Havard. 

None are more hopelessly enslaved 




than those who falsely believe they are 
free. — Goethe. 

There are two freedoms: the false, 
where a man is free to do what he likes; 
the true, where a man is free to do what 
he ought. — Kingsley. 

A man that loves his own fireside, and 
can govern his house without falling by 
the ears with his neighbors, or engaging 
in suits at law, is as free as a Duke of 
Venice. — Montaigne. 

True freedom consists with the observ- 
ance of law. — Adam was as free in para- 
dise as in the wilds to which he was 
banished for his transgression. — Thorn- 

To be truly free, nations must believe, 
and so the individuals that compose 
them. — De Tocqueville. 

The only freedom which deserves the 
name is that of pursuing our own good, 
in our own way, so long as we do not 
attempt to deprive others of theirs, or 
impede their efforts to obtain it. — ./. S. 

Many politicians lay it down as. a self- 
evident proposition, that no people ought 
to be free till they are tit to use their 
freedom. — The maxim is worthy of the 
fool in the old story, who resolved not 
to go into the water till he had learned 
to swim. — Macaulay. 

He is the freeman whom the truth 
makes free, and all are slaves beside. — 

Where the Bible forms public opinion, 
a nation must be free. — G. Spring. 

Freedom of religion, freedom of the 
press, and freedom of person under the 
protection of the habeas corpus, these 
are principles that have guided our steps 
through an age of revolution and refor- 
mation. — Jefferson. 

FREE-THINKING. — Some sciolists 
have discovered a short path to celeb- 
rity. Having heard that it is vastly 
silly to believe everything, they take for 
granted that it must be vastly wise to 
believe nothing. They therefore set up 
for free-thinkers, though their only stock 
in trade is ,that they are free from think- 
ing. It is not safe to contemn, nor very 
easy to convince them, since no persons 
make so large a demand upon the rea- 
son of others as those who have none of 
their own; just as a highwayman will 

take greater liberties with our purse than 
a banker. — Colton. 

Nothing can be plainer, than that 
ignorance and vice are two ingredients 
absolutely necessary in the composition 
of free-thinkers, who, in propriety of 
speech, are no thinkers at all. — Swift. 

Free-thinking is very apt to lead to 
free-living, as free-living does to free- 
thinking. — False theories lead to wrong 
conduct; and wrong conduct excuses it- 
self by resorting to false theories. — 
Try on Edwards. 

FRETFULNESS. — Men call fretting 
a minor fault — a foible and not a vice. 
— But there is no vice except drunken- 
ness which can so utterly destroy the 
peace and happiness of a home. — Helen 

I dare no more fret than I dare curse 
and swear. — /. Wesley. 

Do not fret, or worry, or be anxious. 
— Greet 3-0111- cares as God's messengers; 
accept your duties as God's teachers, and 
accept your lot as God's appointment ; 
and take 3'our work as God's oppor- 
tunities, and your life will become a 
highway to the palace of the king. — 
Bp. Pelham. 

Fretf ulness of temper will generally 
characterize those who are negligent of 
order. — Blair. 

A fretful spirit will of course flow out 
in fretful speech, and is the discomfort 
of others, an arraignment of God's provi- 
dence, and almost a form of blasphemy 
against him. 

FRIENDSHIP. — A faithful friend is 
the true image of the Deity. — Napoleon. 

Love and esteem are the first prin- 
ciples of friendship; it is always imper- 
fect if either of these two is wanting. — 

Friendship is the only thing in the 
world concerning the usefulness of 
which all mankind are agreed. — Cicero. 

A faithful and true friend is a living 
treasure, inestimable in possession, and 
deeply to be lamented when gone. Noth- 
ing is more common than to talk of a 
friend; nothing more difficult than to 
find one; nothing more rare than to 
improve by one as we ought. 

A friend should be one in whose under- 
standing and virtue we can equally con- 
fide, and whose opinion we can value 




at once for its justness and its sincerity. 

He who has made the acquisition of a 
judicious and sympathizing friend, may 
be said to have doubled his mental re- 
sources. — Robert Hall. 

There is nothing more becoming any 
wise man, than to make choice of 
friends, for by them thou shalt be judged 
what thou art: let them therefore be 
wise and virtuous, and none of those 
that follow thee for gain; but make 
election rather of thy betters than thy 
inferiors, shunning always such as are 
poor and needy; for if thou givest 
twenty gifts, and refuse to do the like 
but once, all that thou hast done will 
be lost, and such men will become thy 
mortal enemies. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

Friendship improves happiness, and 
abates misery, by doubling our joy, and 
dividing our grief. — Addison. 

Old friends are best. King James used 
to call for his old shoes; they were the 
easiest for his feet. — Selden. 

Those friends are weak and worthless, 
that will not use the privilege of friend- 
ship in admonishing their friends with 
freedom and confidence, as well of their 
errors as of their danger. — Bacon. 

In poverty and other misfortunes of 
life, true friends are a sure refuge. — 
The young they keep out of mischief; 
to the old they are a comfort and aid 
in their weakness, and those in the 
prime of life they incite to noble deeds. 
— Aristotle. 

Thou mayest be sure that he that will 
in private tell thee of thy faults, is thy 
friend, for he adventures thy dislike, 
and doth hazard thy hatred; there are 
few men that can endure it, every man 
for the most part delighting in self- 
praise, which is one of the most univer- 
sal follies that bewitcheth mankind. — 
Sir W. Raleigh. 

He that hath no friend, and no enemy, 
is one of the vulgar; and without talents, 
powers, or energy. — Lavater. 

Be not the fourth friend of him who 
had three before and lost them. — 

Let friendship creep gently to a 
height ; if it rushes to it, it may soon run 
itself out of breath. — Fuller. 

If thy friends be of better quality 
than thyself, thou mayest be sure of two 
things; the first, they will be more care- 

ful to keep thy counsel, because they 
have more to lose than thou hast; the 
second, they will esteem thee for thy- 
self, and not for that which thou dost 
possess. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

It is best to live as friends with those 
in time with whom we would be to all 

eternity. — Fuller. 

By friendship you mean the greatest 
love, the greatest usefulness, the most 
open communication, the noblest suffer- 
ings, the severest truth, the heartiest 
counsel, and the greatest union of minds 
of which brave men and women are 
capable. — Jeremy Taylor. 

If a man does not make new acquaint- 
ances as he passes through life, he will 
soon find himself left alone. A man 
should keep his friendships in constant 
repair. — Johnson. 

The love of man to woman is a thing 
common and of course, and at first par- 
takes more of instinct and passion than 
of choice; but true friendship between 
man and man is infinite and immortal. 

Life has no blessing like a prudent 
friend. — Euripides. 

Be more prompt to go to a friend in 
adversity than in prosperity. — Chilo. 

The most powerful and the most last- 
ing friendships are usually those of the 
early season of our lives, when we are 
most susceptible of warm and affection- 
ate impressions. The connections into 
which we enter in any after-period de- 
crease in strength as our passions abate 
in heat; and there is not, I believe, a 
single instance of a vigorous friendship 
that ever struck root in a bosom chilled 
by years. — Fitzosborne. 

Be careful to make friendship the 
child and not the father of virtue, for 
many are rather good friends than good 
men; so, although they do not like the 
evil their friend does, yet they like him 
who does the evil; and though no coun- 
selors of the offence, they yet protect 
the offender. — Sir P. Sidney. 

Because discretion is always predomi- 
nant in true friendship, it works and pre- 
vails least upon fools. Wicked men are 
often reformed by it, weak men seldom. 
— Clarendon. 

All men have their frailties; and who- 
ever looks for a friend without imper- 
fections, will never find what he seeks. 




We love ourselves notwithstanding our 
faults, and we ought to love our friends 
in like manner. — Cyrus. 

False friendship, like the ivy, decays 
and ruins the walls it embraces; but true 
friendship gives new life and animation 
to the object it supports. — Burton. 

We take care of our health, we lay up 
money, we make our roof tight and our 
clothing sufficient, but who provides 
wisely that he shall not be wanting in 
the best property of all — friends? — 

No one can lay himself under obliga- 
tion to do a wrong thing. Pericles, when 
one of his friends asked his services in 
an unjust cause, excused himself, saying, 
" I am a friend only as far as the altar." 
— Fuller. 

Friendship is the shadow of the eve-* 
ning, which strengthens with the setting 
sun of life. — La Fontaine. 

Purchase not friends by gifts; when 
thou ceasest to give, such will cease to 
love. — Fuller. 

You'll find the friendship of the world 
mere outward show! — Tis like the har- 
lot's tears, the statesman's promise, or 
the false patriot's zeal, full of fair seem- 
ing, but delusion all. — Savage. 

Friendship with the evil is like the 
shadow in the morning, decreasing every 
hour; but friendship with the good is 
like the evening shadows, increasing till 
the sun of life sets. — Herder. 

The friendships of the world are oft 
confederacies in vice, or leagues of 
pleasure . — A ddison. 

Friendship must be accompanied with 
virtue, and always lodged in great and 
generous minds. — Trap. 

Real friendship is a slow grower, and 
never thrives unless engrafted upon a 
stock of known and reciprocal merit. — 

Get not your friends by bare compli- 
ments, but by giving them sensible 
tokens of your love. It is well worth 
while to learn how to win the heart of a 
man the right way. Force is of no use 
to make or preserve a friend, who is an 
animal that is never caught nor tamed 
but by kindness and pleasure. Excite 
them by your civilities, and show them 
that you desire nothing more than their 
satisfaction; oblige with all your soul 

that friend who has made you a present 
of his own. — Socrates. 

The attachments of mere mirth are 
but the shadows of that true friendship 
of which the sincere affections of the 
heart are the substance. — Burton. 

The friends thou hast and their adop- 
tion tried, grapple them to thy soul with 
hooks of steel. — Shakespeare. 

Make not a bosom friend of a melan- 
choly soul: he'll be sure to aggravate 
thy adversity, and lessen thy prosperity. 
He goes always heavy loaded; and thou 
must bear half. He's never in a good 
humor; and may easily get into a bad 
one, and fall out with thee. — Fuller. 

Make not thy friends too cheap to 
thee, nor thyself to thy friend. — Fuller. 

Nothing more dangerous than a friend 
without discretion; even a prudent 
enemy is preferable. — La Fontaine. 

The light of friendship is like the light 
of phosphorus, seen plainest when all 
around is dark. — Crowell. 

False friends are like our shadow, 
keeping close to us while we walk in the 
sunshine, but leaving us the instant we 
cross into the shade. — Bovee. 

The amity that wisdom knits not, folly 
may easily untie. — Shakespeare. 

Kindred weaknesses induce friendships 
as often as kindred virtues. — Bovee. 

Heaven gives us friends, to bless the 
present scene; resumes them to prepare 
us for the next. — Young. 

Life is to be fortified by many friend- 
ships. — To love and to be loved is the 
greatest happiness of existence. — Sydney 

He that doth a base thing in zeal for 
his friend burns the golden thread that 
ties their hearts together. — Jeremy Tay- 

That friendship will not continue to 
the end which is begun for an end. — 


He is our friend who loves more than 
admires us, and would aid us in our 
great work. — Channing. 

What an argument in favor of social 
connections is the observation that by 
communicating our grief we have less, 
and by communicating our pleasure we 
have more. — Greville. 

The firmest friendships have been 




formed in mutual adversity; as iron is 
most strongly united by the fiercest 
flame. — Cohort. 

Friendship is a plant of slow growth, 
and must undergo and withstand the 
shocks of adversity before it is entitled 
to the appelation. — Washington. 

Friendship hath the skill and observa- 
tion of the best physician, the diligence 
and vigilance of the best nurse, and the 
tenderness and patience of the best 
mother. — Clarendon. 

Friends should not be chosen to flatter. 
— The quality we prize is that rectitude 
which will shrink from no truth. — In- 
timacies which increase vanity destroy 
friendship . — Channing. 

Be slow to fall into friendship; but 
when thou art in, continue firm and con- 
stant. — Socrates. 

The loss of a friend is like that of a 
limb; time may heal the anguish of the 
wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. 
— Southey. 

It is one of the severest tests of 
friendship to tell your friend his faults. 
— So to love a man that you cannot 
bear to see a stain upon him, and to 
speak painful truth through loving 
words, that is friendship. — H. W. 

One of the surest evidences of friend- 
ship that one can display to another, is 
telling him gently of a fault. — If any 
other can excel it, it is listening to such 
a disclosure with gratitude, and amend- 
ing the error. — Bulwcr. 

There is nothing so great that I fear 
to do it for my friend; nothing so small 
that I will disdain to do it for him. — 
Sir P. Sidney. 

We learn our virtues from the friends 
who love us; our faults from the enemy 
who hates us. — "VVe cannot easily dis- 
cover our real character from a friend. 
— He is a mirror, on which the warmth 
of our breath impedes the clearness of 
the reflection. — Richter. 

A friend that you have to buy won't 
be worth what you pay for him, no 
matter what that may be. — G. D. 

Take heed how you place your good 
will upon any other ground than proof 
of virtue. — Neither length of acquaint- 
ance, mutual secrecies, nor height of 
benefits can bind a vicious heart ; no man 

being good to others who is not good 
in himself. — Sir P. Sidney. 

There are three friendships which are 
advantageous: friendship with the up- 
right, with the sincere, and with the man 
of much observation. — Friendship with 
the man of specious airs, with the insin- 
uatingly soft, and with the glib-tongued, 
these are injurious. — Confucius. 

A true friend is the gift of God, and 
he only who made hearts can unite them. 
— South. 

The difficulty is not so great to die 
for a friend, as to find a friend worth 
dying for. — Home. 

Poor is the friendless master of a 
world; a world in purchase of a friend 
is gain. — Young. 

That is a choice friend who conceals 
our faults from the view of others, and 
discovers them to our own. — Seeker. 

Two persons cannot long be friends 
if they cannot forgive each other's little 
failings . — Bru yere. 

Never contract friendship with a man 
that is not better than thyself. — Con- 

No man can expect to find a friend 
without faults, nor can he propose him- 
self to be so to another. — Every man 
will have something to do for his friend, 
and something to bear with in him. — 
Only the sober man can do the first ; and 
for the latter, patience is requisite. — 
It is better for a man to depend on him- 
self than to be annoyed with either a 
madman or a fool. — 0. Feltham. 

The only way to have a friend is to be 
one. — Emerson. 

Friendship is the privilege of private 
men; for wretched greatness knows no 
blessing so substantial. — Tate. 

FRUGALITY. — Frugality may be 
termed the daughter of prudence, the 
sister of temperance, and the parent of 
liberty. He that is extravagant will 
quickly become poor, and poverty will 
enforce dependence and invite corrup- 
tion. — Johnson. 

Frugality is founded on the principle 
that all riches have limits. — Burke. 

If frugality were established in the 
state, if our expenses were laid out 
rather in the necessaries than the super- 
fluities of life, there might be fewer 
wants, and even fewer pleasures, but 




infinitely more happiness. — Goldsmith. 
He seldom lives frugally who lives by 
chance. Hope is always liberal, and 
they that trust her promises make littJe 
scruple of revelling to-day on the profits 
of to-morrow. — Johnson. 

Frugality is a fair fortune; and habits 
of industry a good estate. — Franklin. 

The way to wealth is as plain as the 
way to market. — It depends chiefly on 
two words, industry and frugality; that 
is, waste neither time nor money, but 
make the best use of both. — Without 
industry and frugality nothing will do; 
with them, everything. — Franklin. 

He that spareth in everything is an 
inexcusable niggard. — He that spareth in 
nothing is an inexcusable madman. — The 
mean is to spare in what is least neces- 
sary, and to lay out more liberally in 
what is most required. — Halifax. 

By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a 
golden harvest. — Agesilaus. 

Frugality is good if liberality be joined 
with it. — The first is leaving off superflu- 
ous expenses; the last is bestowing them 
for the benefit of those who need. — The 
first, without the last, begets covetous- 
ness; the last without the first begets 
prodigality. — Pe n n . 

With parsimony a little is sufficient; 
without it nothing is sufficient ; but fru- 
gality makes a poor man rich. — Seneca. 

Nature is avariciously frugal. — In 
matter it allows no atom to elude its 
grasp; in mind, no thought or feeling 
to perish. — It gathers up the fragments 
that nothing be lost. — Thomas. 

FUTURITY. — Everything that looks 
to the future elevates human nature; for 
life is never so low or so little as when 
occupied with the present. — L. E. Lan- 

We are always looking to the future; 
the present does not satisfy us. — Our 
ideal, whatever it may be, lies further 
on. — Gillett. 

Trust no future however pleasant; let 
the dead past bury its dead. Act — act 
in the living present, heart within, and 
God o'erhead. — Longfellow. 

How narrow our souls become when 
absorbed in any present good or ill ! — 
It is only the thought of the future that 
makes them great. — Richtcr. 

The veil which covers the face of 

futurity is woven by the hand of mercy. 
— Bulwer. 

What is already passed is not more 
fixed than the certainty that what is 
future will grow out of what has already 
passed, or is now passing. — G. B. Chee- 

The future is always a fairy land to 
the young. — Sala. 

Age and sorrow have the gift of read- 
ing the future by the past. — Farrar. 

The golden age is not in the past, but 
in the future; not in the origin of hu- 
man experience, but in its consummate 
flower; not opening in Eden, but out 
from Gethsemane. — E. H. Chapin. 

Look not mournfully to the past — it 
comes not back again; wisely improve 
the present — it is thine ; go forth to meet 
the shadowy future without fear, and 
with a manly heart. — Longfellow. 

God will not suffer man to have a 
knowledge of things to come; for if he 
had prescience of his prosperity, he 
would be careless; and if understanding 
of his adversity, he would be despairing 
and senseless. — Augustine. 

The best preparation for the future, is 
the present well seen to, and the last 
duty done. — G. Macdonald. 

The future, only, is our goal. — We are 
never living, but only hoping to live; 
and looking forward always to being 
happy, it is inevitable that we never are 
so. — Pascal. 

We always live prospectively, never 
retrospectively, and there is no abiding 
moment. — Jacobi. 

Oh, blindness to the future! kindly 
given, that each may fill the circle 
marked by heaven. — Pope. 

Every to-morrow has two handles. 
We can take hold of it with the handle 
of anxiety or the handle of faith. 

We should live for the future, and 
yet should find our life in the fidelities 
of the present; the last is the only 
method of the first. — H. W. Beecher. 

FUTURE STATE. — (See "Eter- 

There is, I know not how, in the minds 
of men, a certain presage, as it were, of 
a future existence, and this takes the 
deepest root, and is most discoverable, 
in the greatest geniuses and most exalted 
souls. — Cicero. 




Why will any man be so impertinently 
officious as to tell me all prospect of a 
future state is only fancy and delusion? 
Is there any merit in being the mes- 
senger of ill news? If it is a dream, let 
me enjoy it, since it makes me both the 
happier and better man. — Addison. 

If there were no future life, our souls 
would not thirst for it. — Richter. 

We are born for a higher destiny than 
that of earth. — There is a realm where 
the rainbow never fades, where the stars 
will be spread before us like islands that 
slumber on the ocean, and where the 
beings that now pass over before us 
like shadows, will stay in our presence 
forever. — Bulwer. 

It is the divinity that stirs within us. 
— Tis heaven itself that points out an 
hereafter, and intimates eternity to man. 
— Addison. 

Belief in a future life is the appetite 
of reason. — Landor. 

I feel my immortality o'ersweep all 
pains, all tears, all time, all fears, and 
like the eternal thunders of the deep, 
peal to my ears this truth — " Thou livest 
forever." — Byron. 

A voice within us speaks that startling 
word, " Man, thou shalt never die ! " — 
Celestial voices hymn it to our souls; 
according harps, by angel fingers touched, 
do sound forth still the song of our 
great immortality. — Dana. 

There's none but fears a future state; 
and when the most obdurate swear they 
do not, their trembling hearts belie their 
boasting tongues. — Dryden. 

My mind can take no hold on the 
present world nor rest in it a moment, 
but my whole nature rushes onward with 
irresistible force toward a future and 
better state of being. — Fichte. 

To me there is something thrilling and 
exalting in the thought that we are drift- 
ing forward into a splendid mystery — 
into something that no mortal eye hath 
yet seen, and no intelligence has yet de- 
clared. — E. H. Chapin. 

The dead carry our thoughts to an- 
other and a nobler existence. — They 
teach us, and especially by all the 
strange and seemingly untoward circum- 
stances of their departure from this life, 
that they and we shall live in a future 
state forever. — 0. Dewey. 

We believe that we shall know each 

other's forms hereafter, and, in the 
bright fields of the better land, shall call 
the lost dead to us. — N. P. Willis. 

Divine wisdom, intending to detain us 
some time on earth, has done well to 
cover with a veil the prospect of the life 
to come; for if our sight could clearly 
distinguish the opposite bank, who would 
remain on this tempestuous coast of 
time? — Mad. De Stael. 

The grand difficulty is to feel the 
reality of both worlds, so as to give 
each its due place in our thoughts and 
feelings : to keep our mind's eye and our 
heart's eye ever fixed on the land of 
promise, without looking away from the 
road along which we are to travel to- 
ward it. — Hare. 

Another life, if it were not better than 
this, would be less a promise than a 
threat. — J. P. Senn. 

What a world were this; how unen- 
durable its weight, if they whom death 
had sundered did not meet again? — 

You ask if we shall know our friends 
in heaven. — Do you suppose we are 
greater fools there than here? — Emmons. 

GAIN. — The true way to gain much, 
is never to desire to gain too much. — 
He is not rich that possesses much, but 
he that covets no more; and he is not 
poor that enjoys little, but he that wants 
too much. — Beaumont. 

Sometimes the best gain is to lose. — 

GALLANTRY.— Gallantry consists in 
saying the most empty things in an 
agreeable manner. — Rochefoucauld. 

Gallantry to women — the sure road to 
their favor — is nothing but the appear- 
ance of extreme devotion to all their 
wants and wishes, a delight in their sat- 
isfaction, and a confidence in yourself as 
being able to contribute toward it. — 

Gallantry thrives most in the atmos- 
phere of the court. — Mad. Neckar. 

The gallantry of the mind consists in 
agreeable flattery. — Rochefoucauld. 

Gallantry, though a fashionable crime, 
is a very detestable one. — The wretch 
who pilfers from us in the hour of dis- 




tress is innocent compared to the plun- 
derer who robs us of happiness and repu- 
tation. — Kelley. 

Conscience has no more to do with 
gallantry, than it has with politics. — 

GAMBLING.— Gambling is the child 
of avarice, but the parent of prodigality. 
— Colton. 

Gambling is a kind of tacit confession 
that those engaged therein do, in gen- 
eral, exceed the bounds of their respec- 
tive fortunes; and therefore they cast 
lots to determine on whom the ruin shall 
at present fall, that the rest may be 
saved a little longer. — Blackstone. 

Gambling with cards, or dice, or stocks, 
is all one thing ; it is getting money with- 
out giving an equivalent for it. — H. W . 

By gambling we lose both our time 
and treasure, two things most precious 
to the life of man. — Feltham. 

It is possible that a wise and good 
man may be prevailed on to gamble ; 
but it is impossible that a professed 
gamester should be a wise and good 
man. — Lavater. 

Some play for gain; to pass time 
others play; both play the fool; who 
gets by play is loser in the end. — Heath. 

I look upon every man as a suicide 
from the moment he takes the dice-box 
desperately in his hand. — All that follows 
in his fatal career, from that time, is 
only sharpening the dagger before he 
strikes it to his heart. — Cumberland. 

Curst is the wretch enslaved to such 
a vice, who ventures life and soul upon 
the dice. — Horace. 

The gamester, if he die a martyr to 
his profession, is doubly ruined; he adds 
his soul to every other loss, and by the 
act of suicide renounces earth to forfeit 
heaven. — Colton. 

All gaming, since it implies a desire 
to profit at the expense of others, in- 
volves a breach of the tenth command- 
ment. — Whately. 

Keep flax from fire, and youth from 
gaming. — Franklin. 

Gambling is the child of avarice, the 
brother of iniquity, and the father of 
mischief. — Washington. 

Gambling houses are temples where 
the most sordid and turbulent passions 

contend; there no spectator can be in- 
different. A card or a small square of 
ivory interests more than the loss of 
an empire, or the ruin of an unoffending 
group of infants and their nearest rela- 
tives. — Zimmermann. 

There is nothing that wears out a fine 
face like the vigils of the card-table, 
and those cutting passions which natu- 
rally attend them. Hollow eyes, hag- 
gard looks, and pale complexions are the 
natural indications of a female gamester. 
Her morning sleeps are not able to repay 
her midnight watchings. — Steele. 

Although men of eminent genius have 
been guilty of all other vices, none 
worthy of more than a secondary name 
has ever been a gamester. Either an 
excess of avarice, or a deficiency of ex- 
citability, is the cause of it; neither of 
which can exist in the same bosom with 
genius, patriotism, or virtue. — Landor. 

An assembly of the states or a court 
of justice, shows nothing so serious and 
grave as a table of gamesters playing 
very high; a melancholy solicitude 
clouds their looks; envy and rancor 
agitate their minds while the meeting 
lasts, without regard to friendship, al- 
liances, birth, or distinctions. — Bruyere. 

Games of chance are traps to catch 
school-boy novices and gaping country 
squires, who begin with a guinea and 
end with a mortgage. — Cumberland. 

Play not for gain, but sport ; who plays 
for more than he can lose with pleasure 
stakes his heart. — Herbert. 

If thou desire to raise thy fortunes by 
the casts of fortune, be wise betimes, 
lest thou repent too late. — What thou 
winnest, is prodigally spent. — What thou 
losest, is prodigally lost. — It is an evil 
trade that prodigality drives, and a bad 
voyage where the pilot is blind. — 

Gaming finds a man a cully, and leaves 
him a knave. — Cumberland. 

Sports and gaming, whether pursued 
from a desire of gain or the love of 
pleasure, are as ruinous to the temper 
and disposition of the one addicted to 
them, as they are to his fame and for- 
tune. — Burton. 

Gambling, in all countries, is the vice 
of the aristocracy. — The young find it 
established in the best circles, and en- 
ticed by the habits of others they are 




ruined when the habit becomes their 
own. — Bulwer. 

Bets, at the first, were fool-traps, where 
the wise, like spiders, lay in ambush for 
the flies. — Dryden. 

The best throw with the dice is to 
throw them away. — C. Simmons. 

GAYETY.— (See "Good Humor.") 
Gayety is to good humor, as animal 
perfumes to vegetable fragrance : the one 
overpowers weak spirits, the other re- 
creates and revives them. — Johnson. 

Gayety is not a proof that the heart is 
at ease, for often in the midst of laugh- 
ter the heart is sad. — Mad. De Genlis. 

The gayety of the wicked is like the 
flowery surface of Mount ^Etna, beneath 
which materials are gathering for an 
eruption that will one day reduce all its 
beauties to ruin and desolation. 

Leaves seem light, useless, idle, waver- 
ing, and changeable — they even dance; 
yet God has made them part of the oak. 
— So he has given us a lesson, not to 
deny stout-heartedness within, because 
we see lightsomeness without. — Leigh 

Gayety is often the reckless ripple 
over depths of despair. — E. H. Chapin. 

GEMS. — How very beautiful these 
gems are ! It is strange how deeply 
colors seem to penetrate one like scent. 
— I suppose that is the reason why gems 
are used as spiritual emblems in Reve- 
lations. — They look like fragments of 
heaven. — George Eliot. 

GENEROSITY.— Men of the noblest 
dispositions think themselves happiest 
when * others share their happiness with 
them. — Duncan. 

True generosity is a duty as indis- 
pensably necessary as those imposed on 
us by law. — It is a rule imposed by rea- 
son, which should be the sovereign law 
of a rational being. — Goldsmith. 

Generosity, wrong placed, becometh a 
vice ; a princely mind will undo a private 
family. — Fuller. 

True generosity does not consist in 
obeying every impulse of humanity, in 
following blind passion for our guide, 
and impairing our circumstances by 
present benefactions, so as to render us 
incapable of future ones. — Goldsmith. 

There is wisdom in generosity, as in 
everything else. — A friend to everybody 

is often a friend to nobody; or else, in 
his simplicity, he robs his family to help 
strangers, and so becomes brother to a 
beggar. — Spur g eon. 

For his bounty, there was no winter 
in't; an autumn 'twas that grew the 
more by reaping. — Shakespeare. 

As the sword of the best tempered 
metal is most flexible, so the truly gener- 
ous are most pliant and courteous in 
their behavior to their inferiors. — Fuller. 

The generous who is always just, and 
the just who is always generous, may, 
unannounced, approach the throne of 
heaven. — Lavater. 

He that gives all, though but little, 
gives much; because God looks not to 
the quantity of the gift, but to the 
quality of the givers. — Quarles. 

Generosity during life is a very differ- 
ent thing from generosity in the hour of 
death; one proceeds from genuine liber- 
ality and benevolence, the other from 
pride or fear. — Horace Mann. 

A generous man places the benefits he 
confers beneath his feet; those he re- 
ceives, nearest his heart. 

One great reason why men practise 
generosity so little in the world is, their 
finding so little there: generosity is 
catching; and if so many men escape it, 
it is in a great degree from the same 
reason that countrymen escape the small- 
pox, — because they meet with no one 
to give it them. — Greville. 

The truly generous is the truly wise, 
and he who loves not others, lives un- 
blest. — Home. 

Generosity is the accompaniment of 
high birth; pity and gratitude are its 
attendants. — Corneille. 

Some are unwisely liberal, and more 
delight to give presents than to pay 
debts. — Sir P. Sidney. 

A man there was, and they called him 
mad; the more he gave, the more he 
had. — Bunyan. 

What I gave, I have; what I spent, I 
had; what I kept, I lost. — Old Epitaph. 

When you give, take to yourself no 
credit for generosity, unless you deny 
yourself something in order that you 
may give. — H. Taylor. 

The secret pleasure of a generous act 
is the great mind's bribe. — Dryden. 

What seems to be generosity is often 




no more than disguised ambition, which 
overlooks a small interest in order to 
secure a great one. — Rochefoucauld. 

Almost always the most indigent are 
the most generous. — Stanislaus. 

How much easier it is to be generous 
than just! Men are sometimes bounti- 
ful who are not honest. — Junius. 

If there be any truer measure of a 
man than by what he does, it must be 
by what he gives. — South. 

I would have a man generous to his 
country, his neighbors, his kindred, his 
friends, and most of all his poor friends. 
Not like some who are most lavish with 
those who are able to give most to 
them. — Pliny. 

All my experience of the world teaches 
me that in ninety-nine cases out of a 
hundred, the safe and just side of a 
question is the generous and merciful 
side. — Mrs. Jameson. 

It is not enough to help the feeble up, 
but to support him after. — Shakespeare. 

He who gives what he would as readily 
throw away, gives without generosity; 
for the essence of generosity is in self- 
sacrifice. — H. Taylor. 

GENIUS. — Genius is infinite painstak- 
ing. — Longfellow. 

Genius is nothing but continued at- 
tention. — Helve tius. 

Genius is a superior aptitude to 
patience. — Buff on. 

I know no such thing as genius; it is 
nothing but labor and diligence. — Ho- 

Genius is but a mind of large general 
powers accidentally determined in a par- 
ticular direction. — Johnson. 

Genius is supposed to be a power of 
producing excellencies which are out of 
the reach of the rules of art; a power 
which no precepts can teach, and which 
no industry can acquire. — Sir Joshua 

A man's genius is always, in the be- 
ginning of life, as much unknown to 
himself as to others ; and it is only after 
frequent trials, attended with success, 
that he dares think himself equal to 
those undertakings in which those who 
have succeeded have fixed the admira- 
tion of mankind. — Hume. 

The popular notion of genius is — of 

one who can do almost everything — ex- 
cept make a living. 

Genius is only a superior power of see- 
ing. — Ruskin. 

The greatest genius is never so great 
as when it is chastised and subdued by 
the highest reason. — Colton. 

There is no genius in life like the 
genius of energy and industry. — D. G. 

We meet with few utterly dull and 
stupid souls; the sublime and transcend- 
ent are still fewer; the generality of 
mankind stand between these two ex- 
tremes; the interval is filled with multi- 
tudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very 
useful, the ornaments and supports of the 
commonwealth: these produce the agree- 
able and the profitable, and are con- 
versant in commerce, finances, war, navi- 
gation, arts, trades, society, and conver- 
sation. — Bruyere. 

The richest genius, like the most fertile 
soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into 
the rankest weeds; and instead of vines 
and olives for the pleasure and use of 
man, produces to its slothful owner the 
most abundant crop of poisons. — Hume. 

Talent, lying in the understanding, is 
often inherited; genius, being the action 
of reason and imagination, rarely or 
never. — Coleridge. 

Men of genius are often dull and 
inert in society; as the blazing meteor, 
when it descends to earth, is only a 
stone. — Longfellow. 

Genius finds its own road, and carries 
its own lamp. — Willmott. 

The drafts which true genius draws 
upon posterity, although they may not 
always be honored so soon as they are 
due, are sure to be paid with compound 
interest in the end. — Colton. 

When a true genius appears in the 
world, you may know him by this sign, 
that the dunces are all in confederacy 
against him. — Swift. 

Every man who observes vigilantly, 
and resolves steadfastly, grows uncon- 
sciously into genius. — Bulwer. 

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent 
is the miner who works and brings it 
out. — Lady Blcssington. 

Great geniuses have the shortest biog- 
raphies. — Emerson . 




Genius must be born; it never can be 
taught. — Dry den. 

The first and last thing required of 
genius is the love of truth. — Goethe. 

There is no work of genius which 
has not been the delight of mankind; no 
word of genius to which the human 
heart and soul have not, sooner or later, 
responded. — J. R. Lowell. 

The merit of great men is not under- 
stood but by those who are formed to be 
such themselves. — Genius speaks only to 
genius. — Stanislaus. 

Genius always gives its best at first; 
prudence, at last. — Lavater. 

Genius may be described as the spirit 
of discovery. — It is the eye of intellect, 
and the wing of thought. — It is always 
in advance of its time — the pioneer for 
the generation which it precedes. — 

Genius does what it must, and talent 
what it can. — Owen Meredith. 

There never appear more than five or 
six men of genius in an age, and if they 
were united the world could not stand 
before them. — Swift. 

Cleverness is a sort of genius for in- 
strumentality. It is the brain of the 
hand. In literature, cleverness is more 
frequently accompanied by wit, genius, 
and sense, than by humor. — Coleridge. 

Genius, without religion, is only a 
lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it 
may serve to cast a gleam of light on 
those that are without, while the in- 
habitant is in darkness. — H. More. 

All the means of action — the shape- 
less masses — the materials — lie every- 
where about us. — What we need is the 
celestial fire to change the flint into the 
transparent crystal, bright and clear. — 
That fire is genius. — Longfellow. 

One of the strongest characteristics of 
genius is the power of lighting its own 
fire. — John Foster. 

Genius is entitled to respect, only 
when it promotes the peace and im- 
proves the happiness of mankind. — Lord 

To carry the feelings of childhood into 
the powers of manhood, to combine the 
child's sense of wonder and novelty with 
the appearances which every day for 
years has rendered familiar, this is the 
character and privilege of genius, and 

one of the marks which distinguish it 
from talent. — Coleridge. 

Nothing will give permanent success 
in any enterprise of life, except native 
capacity cultivated by honest and per- 
severing effort. — Genius is often but the 
capacity for receiving and improving by 
discipline . — G .• Elio t . 

GENTILITY. — There cannot be a 
surer proof of low origin, or of an innate 
meanness of disposition, than to be al- 
ways talking and thinking about being 
genteel. — Hazlitt. 

Gentility is neither in birth, wealth, 
manner, nor fashion — but in the mind. 
A high sense of honor, a determination 
never to take a mean advantage of an- 
other, an adherence to truth, delicacy, 
and politeness toward those with whom 
we have dealings, are its essential char- 

I would not have you stand so much 
on your gentility, which is an airy and 
mere borrowed thing from dead men's 
dust and bones, and none of yours, ex- 
cept you make and hold it. — Ben Jonson. 

How weak a thing is gentility, if it 
wants virtue! — Fuller. 

GENTLEMAN. — Whoever is open, 
loyal, true; of humane and affable de- 
meanor; honorable himself, and in his 
judgment of others; faithful to his word 
as to law, and faithful alike to God and 
man — such a man is a true gentleman. 

The flowering of civilization is the 
finished man — the man of sense, of grace, 
of accomplishment, of social power — the 
gentleman. — Emerson. 

Education begins the gentleman, but 
reading, good company, and reflection 
must finish him. — Locke. 

The taste of beauty, and the relish of 
what is decent, just, and amiable, per- 
fect the character of the gentleman and 
the philosopher. And the study of such 
a taste or relish will be ever the great 
employment and concern of him who 
covets as well to be wise and good as 
agreeable and polite. — Shaftesbury. 

Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, 
modesty, and self-respect are the quali- 
ties which make a real gentleman or 
lady, as distinguished from the veneered 
article which commonly goes by that 
name. — Huxley. 

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge 




of the gentleman — repose in energy. — 

It is a grand old name, that of gentle- 
man, and has been recognized as a 
rank and power in all stages of society. 
To possess this character is a dignity of 
itself, commanding the instinctive hom- 
age of every generous mind, and those 
who will not bow to titular rank will 
yet do homage to the gentleman. His 
qualities depend not upon fashion or 
manners, but upon moral worth; not on 
personal possessions, but on personal 
qualities. — S. Smiles. 

You may depend upon it, religion is, 
in its essence, the most gentlemanly 
thing in the world. — It will, alone, gen- 
tilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know 
nothing else, which, alone, will. — Cole- 

Perhaps propriety is as near a word 
as any to denote the manners of the 
gentleman. — Elegance is necessary to the 
fine gentleman; dignity is proper to 
noblemen; and majesty to kings. — 

Men of courage, men of sense, and 
men of letters are frequent: but a true 
gentleman is what one seldom sees. — 

The real gentleman should be gentle 
in everything, at least in everything that 
depends on himself, — carriage, temper, 
constructions, aims, desires. He ought 
therefore to be mild, calm, quiet, even, 
temperate, — not hasty in judgment, not 
exorbitant in ambition, not overbearing, 
not proud, not rapacious, not oppressive ; 
for these things are contrary to gentle- 
ness. — Hare. 

We sometimes meet an original gentle- 
man, who, if manners had not existed, 
would have invented them. — Emerson. 

He that can enjoy the intimacy of the 
great, and on no occasion disgust them 
by familiarity, or disgrace himself by 
servility, proves that he is as perfect a 
gentleman by nature, as his companions 
are by rank. — Colton. 

Gentleman is a term that does not 
apply to any station, but to the mind 
and feelings in every station. — Talfourd. 

It is difficult to believe that a true 
gentleman will ever become a gamester, 
a libertine, or a sot. — E. H. Chapin. 

Perhaps a gentleman is a rarer man 
than some of us think for. Which of us 

can point out many such in his circle; 
men whose aims are generous, whose 
truth is not only constant in its kind, 
but elevated in its degree; whose want 
of meanness makes them simple, who 
can look the world honestly in the face 
with an equal manly sympathy for the 
great and the small. — Thackeray. 

To be a gentleman is to be honest, to 
be gentle, to be generous, to be brave, 
to be wise, and possessing all those 
qualities to exercise them in the most 
graceful outward manner. — Thackeray. 

GENTLENESS.— We are indebted to 
Christianity for gentleness, especially to- 
ward women. — C. Simmons. 

True gentleness is love in society, 
holding intercourse with those around it. 
— It is considerateness; it is tenderness 
of feeling; it is promptitude of sympa- 
thy; it is love in all its depths, and in 
all its delicacy. — It is everything included 
in that matchless grace, " the gentleness 
of Christ." — /. Hamilton. 

True gentleness is founded on a sense 
of what we owe to him who made us, 
and to the common nature which we all 
share. — It arises from reflection on our 
own failings and wants, and from just 
views of the condition and duty of men. 
— It is native feeling heightened and 
improved by principle. — Blair. 

Nothing is so strong as gentleness; 
nothing so gentle as real strength. — 
Francis de Sales. 

What thou wilt thou shalt rather en- 
force with thy smile than hew to it with 
thy sword. — Shakespeare. 

GEOLOGY.— (See "Science.") 
So long as the phenomena (of geol- 
ogy) are simply recorded, and only the 
natural and obvious causes inferred from 
them, there can be no fear that the 
results of the study will prove hostile 
to religion. — If the representations they 
give of nature are the fictions of men, 
they cannot stand against the progress 
of science; and if they truly picture the 
works of God, they must be easily rec- 
oncilable with his revealed manifesta- 
tions. — Wiseman. 

Geology gives us a key to the patience 
of God. — J. G. Holland. 

GIFTS.— It is the will, and not the 
gift that makes the giver. — Lessing. 
The manner of giving shows the char- 




acter of the giver, more than the gift 
itself. — Lavater. 

There is a gift that is almost a blow, 
and there is a kind word that is munn- 
icence; so much is there in the way of 
doing things. — A. Helps. 

Give what you have. To some one 
it may be better than you dare to think. 
— Longfellow. 

We should give as we would receive, 
cheerfully, quickly, and without hesita- 
tion; for there is no grace in a benefit 
that sticks to the fingers— Seneca. 

To reveal its complacence by gifts, is 
one of the native dialects of love— Mrs. 

Serving God with our little, is the way 
to make it more; and we must never 
think that wasted with which God is 
honored, or men are blest. 

Give according to your means, or God 
will make your means according to your 
giving. — John Hall. 

A gift, its kind, its value, and appear- 
ance; the silence or the pomp that at- 
tends it; the style in which it reaches 
vou, may decide the dignity or vulgarity 
of the giver.— Lavater. 

Presents which our love for the donor 
has rendered precious are ever the most 
acceptable. — Ovid. 

People do not care to give alms with- 
out some security for their money; and 
a wooden leg or a withered arm is a 
sort of draft upon heaven for those who 
choose to have their money placed to 
account there.— Mackenzie. 

He who loves with purity considers 
not the gift of the lover, but the love 
of the giver. — Thomas a Kempis. 

One must be poor to know the luxury 
of giving. — George Eliot. 

Examples are few of men ruined by 
giving. — Men are heroes in spending — 
cravens in what they give.— Bovee. 

When a friend asks, there is no to- 
morrow. — Herbert. 

When thou makest presents, let them 
be of such things as will last long; to 
the end they may be in some sort im- 
mortal, and may frequently refresh the 
memory of the receiver. — Fuller. 

The best thing to give to your enemy 
is forgiveness; to an opponent, toler- 
ance; to a friend, your heart; to your 
child, a good example ; to a father, defer- 

ence; to your mother, conduct that will 
make her proud of you; to yourself, re- 
spect; to all men, charity. — Baljour. 

It is a proof of boorishness to confer 
a favor with a bad grace. — How little 
does a smile cost! — Bruyere. 

Every gift, though it be small, is in 
reality great if given with affection. — 

The secret of giving affectionately is 
great and rare; it requires address to do 
it well; otherwise we lose instead of 
deriving benefit from it. — Corneillc. 

Independence is of more value than 
any gifts; and to receive gifts is to 
lose it. — Men most commonly seek to 
oblige thee only that they may engage 
thee to serve them. — Saadi. 

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove 
unkind. — Shakespeare. 

The heart of the giver makes the gift 
dear and precious. — Luther. 

Gifts are as the gold which adorns 
the temple; grace is like the temple 
that sanctifies the gold. — Burkitt. 

Who gives a trifle meanly is meaner 
than the trifle. — Lavater. 

That which is given with pride and 
ostentation is rather an ambition than 
a bounty. — Seneca. 

He gives not best who gives most; 
but he gives most who gives best. — If 
I cannot give bountifully, yet I will 
give freely, and what I want in my hand, 
I will supply by my heart. — Warwick. 

Gifts weigh like mountains on a sensi- 
tive heart. — To me they are oftener 
punishments than pleasures. — Mad. Fee. 

GLORY. — True glory consists in doing 
what deserves to be written; in writing 
what deserves to be read; and in so 
living as to make the world happier and 
better for our living in it. — Pliny. 

True glory takes root, and even 
spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, 
fall to the ground; nor can any counter- 
feit last long. — Cicero. 

It is by what we ourselves have done, 
and not by what others have done for 
us, that we shall be remembered by 
after ages. It is by thought that has 
aroused the intellect from its slumbers, 
which has given luster to virtue and 
dignity to truth, or by those examples 
which have inflamed the soul with the 
love of goodness, and not by means of 




sculptured marble, that I hold com- 
munion with Shakespeare and Milton, 
with Johnson and Burke, with Howard 
and Wilberforce. — Francis Wayland. 

Real glory springs from the silent con- 
quest of ourselves. — Without that, the 
conqueror is nought but the foist slave. 
— Thompson. 

As to be perfectly just is an attribute 
of the divine nature, to be so to the 
utmost of our abilities is the glory of 
man . — A ddison . 

Our greatest glory consists not in 
never falling, but in rising every time we 
fall. — Goldsmith. 

Glory, built on selfish principles, is 
shame and guilt. — Cowper. 

Like madness is the glory of this life. 
— Shakespeare. 

He that first likened glory to a 
shadow, did better than he was aware 
of; they are both vain. — Glory, also, like 
the shadow, goes sometimes before the 
body, and sometimes in length infinitely 
exceeds it. — Montaigne. 

By skillful conduct and artificial means 
a person may make a sort of name for 
himself; but if the inner jewel be want- 
ing, all is vanity, and will not last. — 

Two things ought to teach us to 
think but meanly of human glory — that 
the very best have had their calumnia- 
tors, and the very worst their panegyr- 
ists. — Colton. 

Let us not disdain glory too much; 
nothing is finer, except virtue. — The 
height of happiness would be to unite 
both in this life. — Chateaubriand. 

The shortest way to glory is to be 
guided by conscience. — Home. 

Those great actions whose luster 
dazzles us are represented by politicians 
as the effects of deep design, whereas 
they are commonly the effects of caprice 
and passion. — Rochefoucauld. 

The glory of a people, and of an age, 
is always the work of a small number 
of great men, and disappears with them. 
— Grimm. 

GLUTTONY.— Swinish gluttony ne'er 
looks to heaven amid his gorgeous feast, 
but with besotted, base ingratitude, 
crams and blasphemes his feeder. — 

They whose sole bliss is eating, can 

give but that one brutish reason why 
they live. — Juvenal. 

Some men are born to feast, and not 
to fight; whose sluggish minds, even in 
fair honor's field, still on their dinner 
turn. — Joanna Baillie. 

Their kitchen is their shrine, the cook 
their priest, the table their altar, and 
their belly their God. — Buck. 

Gluttony is the source of all our in- 
firmities and the fountain of all our 
diseases. As a lamp is choked by a 
superabundance of oil, and a fire ex- 
tinguished by excess of fuel, so is the 
natural health of the body destroyed by 
intemperate diet. — Burton. 

I have come to the conclusion that 
mankind consume too much food. — 

Sydney Smith. 

As houses well stored with provisions 
are likely to be full of mice, so the 
bodies of those who eat much are full 
of diseases. — Diogenes. 

The pleasures of the palate deal with 
us like the Egyptian thieves, who 
strangle those whom they embrace. — 

He who is a slave to his belly seldom 
worships God. — Saadi. 

I am a great eater of beef, and I be- 
lieve that does harm to my wit. — Shake- 

GOD. — This is one of the names which 
we give to that eternal, infinite, and in- 
comprehensible being, the creator of all 
things, who preserves and governs every 
thing by his almighty power and wis- 
dom, and who is the only object of our 
worship. — Cruden. 

God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and 
unchangeable in his being, wisdom, 
power, holiness, justice, goodness, and 
truth. — Catechism. 

We know God easily, if we do not con- 
strain ourselves to define him. — Joubert. 

The Mohammedans have ninety-nine 
names for God, but among them all they 
have not " our Father." 

We should give God the same place in 
our hearts that he holds in the universe. 

If we have God in all things while 
they are ours, we shall have all things 
in God when they are taken away. 

There is something in the nature < of 
things which the mind of man, which 
reason, which human power cannot ef- 




feet, and certainly that which produces 
this must be better than man. What 
can this be but God? — Cicero. 

There is a beauty in the name appro- 
priated by the Saxon nations to the 
Deity, unequalled except by his most 
venerated Hebrew appellation. They 
called him " God," which is literally 
" The Good." The same word thus 
signifying the Deity and His most en- 
dearing quality. — Turner. 

The demand of the human under- 
standing for causation requires but the 
one old and only answer, God. — Dexter. 

Let the chain of second causes be 
ever so long, the first link is always in 
God's hand. — Lavington. 

God is a circle whose center is every- 
where, and its circumference nowhere. — 

They that deny a God, destroy man's 
nobility ; for clearly man is of kin to the 
beasts by his body, and if he be not of 
kin to God by his spirit, he is a base 
and ignoble creature. — Bacon. 

The ancient hieroglyphic for God was 
the figure of an eye upon a sceptre, to 
denote that he sees and rules all things. 
— Barker. 

It were better to have no opinion of 
God at all than such an one as is un- 
worthy of him; for the one is only un- 
belief — the other is contempt. — Plutarch. 

I had rather believe all the fables in 
the Talmud and the Koran, than that 
this universal frame is without a mind. 
— Bacon. 

In all the vast and the minute, we see 
the unambiguous footsteps of the God, 
who gives its luster to the insect's wing, 
and wheels his throne upon the rolling 
worlds. — Cowper. 

If God did not exist it would be neces- 
sary to invent him. — Voltaire. 

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory 
of the omnipresent God bursts through 
everywhere . — Emerson. 

The very word " God " suggests care, 
kindness, goodness; and the idea of God 
in his infinity, is infinite care, infinite 
kindness, infinite goodness. — We give 
God the name of good: it is only by 
shortening it that it becomes God. — H. 
W. Beecher. 

At the foot of every page in the annals 
of nations may be written, " God reigns." 

Events as they pass away proclaim their 
original; and if you will but listen rev- 
erently, you may hear the receding cen* 
turies, as they roll into the dim distances 
cf departed time, perpetually chanting 
" Te Deum Laudamus," with all the 
choral voices of the countless congrega- 
tions of the age. — Bancroft. 

It is impossible to govern the world 
without God. He must be worse than 
an infidel that lacks faith, and more than 
wicked that has not gratitude enough 
to acknowledge his obligation. — Wash- 

God is great, and therefore he will be 
sought: he is good, and therefore he 
will be found. 

If in the day of sorrow we own God's 
presence in the cloud, we shall find him 
also in the pillar of fire, brightening and 
cheering our way as the night comes on. 

In all his dispensations God is at work 
for our good. — In prosperity he tries our 
gratitude; in mediocrity, our content- 
ment; in misfortune, our submission; in 
darkness, our faith; under temptation, 
our steadfastness, and at all times, our 
obedience and trust in him. 

God governs the world, and we have 
only to do our duty wisely, and leave 
the issue to him. — John Jay. 

When the mind of man looketh upon 
second causes scattered, it may some- 
times rest in them, and go no further. 
But when it beholdeth the chain of them 
confederate and linked together, it must 
fly to Providence and Deity. — Bacon. 

There is a God in science, a God in 
history, and a God in conscience, and 
these three are one. — Joseph Cook. 

How often we look upon God as our 
last and feeblest resource! We go to 
him because we have nowhere else to 
go. And then we learn that the storms 
of life have driven us, not upon the 
rocks, but into the desired haven. — Geo. 

I have read up many queer religions; 
and there is nothing like the old thing, 
after all. I have looked into the most 
philosophical systems, and have found 
none that will work without a God. — 
J. C. Maxwell. 

An old mystic says somewhere, " God 
is an unutterable sigh in the innermost 
depths of the soul." With still greater 
justice, we may reverse the proposition, 




and say the soul is a never ending sigh 
after God. — Christlieb. 

The world we inhabit must have had 
an origin; that origin must have con- 
sisted in a cause; that cause must have 
been intelligent; that intelligence must 
have been supreme; and that supreme, 
which always was and is supreme, we 
know by the name of God. 

Two men please God — who serves Him 
with all his heart because he knows Him ; 
who seeks Him with all his heart be- 
cause he knows Him not. — Panin. 

He who bridles the fury of the bil- 
lows, knows also to put a stop to the 
secret plans of the wicked. — Submitting 
to His holy will, I fear God; I have no 
other fear. — Racine. 

It is one of my favorite thoughts, that 
God manifests himself to mankind in all 
wise, good, humble, generous, great and 
magnanimous men. — Lavater. 

There is nothing on earth worth being 
known but God and our own souls. — 

A foe to God was never a true friend 
to man. — Young. 

There is something very sublime, 
though very fanciful in Plato's descrip- 
tion of God — " That truth is his body, 
and light his shadow." — Addison. 

If God were not a necessary being of 
himself, he might almost seem to be 
made for the use and benefit of men. — 

We cannot too often think, that there 
is a never sleeping eye that reads the 
heart, and registers our thoughts. — Ba- 

I fear God, and next to God I chiefly 
fear him who fears him not. — Saadi. 

The very impossibility which I find 
to prove that God is not, discovers to 
me his existence. — Bruyere. 

Amid all the war and contest and 
variety of human opinion, you will find 
one consenting conviction in every land, 
that there is one God, the king and 
father of all. — Maximus Tyrius. 

Live near to God, and so all things 
will appear to you little in comparison 
with eternal realities. — R. M. McCheyne. 

The whole world is a phylactery, and 
everything we see is an item of the wis- 

dom, power, or goodness of God. — Sir 
Thomas Browne. 

As a countenance is made beautiful 
by the soul's shining through it, so the 
world is beautified by the shining 
through it of God. — Jacobi. 

God's thoughts, his will, his love, his 
judgments are all man's home. To 
think his thoughts, to choose his will, 
to love his loves, to judge his judg- 
ments, and thus to know that he is in 
us, is to be at home. — George Macdon- 

God should be the object of all our 
desires, the end of all our actions, the 
principle of all our affections, and the 
governing power of our whole souls. — 

In all thine actions think that God 
sees thee, and in all his actions labor to 
see him. — That will make thee fear him, 
and this will move thee to love him. — 
The fear of God is the beginning of 
knowledge, and the knowledge of God is 
the perfection of love. — Quarles. 

If we look closely at this world, where 
God seems so utterly forgotten, we 
shall find that it is he, who, after all, 
commands the most fidelity and the 
most love. — Mad. Swetchine. 

What is there in man so worthy of 
honor and reverence as this, that he is 
capable of contemplating something 
higher than his own reason, more sub- 
lime than the whole universe — that 
Spirit which alone is self-subsistent, 
from which all truth proceeds, without 
which is no truth? — Jacobi. 

To escape from evil we must be made, 
as far as possible, like God; and this re- 
semblance consists in becoming just, 
and holy, and wise. — Plato. 

GOLD.— (See "Money," and "Miser.") 

Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides 

all his defects from the world. — Feltham. 

The lust of gold, unfeeling and re- 
morseless; the last corruption of degen- 
erate man. — Johnson. 

It is much better to have your gold 
in the hand than in the heart. — Fuller. 

Gold, like the sun, which melts wax, 
but hardens clay, expands great souls 
and contracts bad hearts. — Rivarol. 

It is observed of gold, in an old epi- 
gram, that to have it is to be in fear, 




and to want it is to be in sorrow. — John- 

To purchase heaven has gold the 
power? can gold remove the mortal 
hour? in life can love be bought with 
gold? are friendship's pleasures to be 
sold? no — all that's worth a wish — a 
thought, fair virtue gives unbribed, un- 
bought. Cease then on trash thy hopes 
to bind, let nobler views engage thy 
mind. — Johnson. 

There is no place so high that an ass 
laden with gold cannot reach it. — Rojas. 

Midas longed for gold. — He got it, so 
that whatever he touched became gold, 
and he, with his long ears, was little the 
better for it. — Carlyle. 

There are two metals, one of which is 
omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other 
in the camp, — gold and iron. He that 
knows how to apply them both, may in- 
deed attain the highest station, but he 
must know something more to keep it. — 

Give him gold enough, and marry 
him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby, or 
an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her 
head, though she have as many diseases 
as two and fifty horses; why, nothing 
comes amiss, so money comes withal. — 

A mask of gold hides all deformities. 
— Dekker. 

How quickly nature falls to revolt 
when gold becomes her object. — Shake- 

O cursed lust of gold! when, for thy 
sake, the fool throws up his interest in 
both worlds, first starved in this, then 
damned in that to come! — Blair. 

How few, like Daniel, have God and 
gold together. — Bp. Villiers. 

Gold! in all ages the curse of man- 
kind! — To gain thee, men yield honor, 
affection, and lasting renown, and for 
thee barter the crown of eternity. — P. 

A vain man's motto is : " Win gold and 
wear it " ; a generous, " Win gold and 
share it " ; a miser's, " Win gold and hoard 
it " ; a profligate's, " Win gold and spend 
it " ; a broker's, " Win gold and lend it " ; 
a gambler's, "Win gold and lose it"; a 
wise man's, " Win gold and use it." 

They who worship gold in a world so 
corrupt as this, have at least one thing 

to plead in defence of their idolatry — 
the power of their idol. — This idol can 
boast of two peculiarities; it is wor- 
shipped in all climates, without a sin- 
gle temple, and by all classes, without 
a single hypocrite. — Colton. 

Mammon has enriched his thousands, 
and has damned his ten thousands. — 

As the touchstone tries gold, so gold 
tries men. — Chilo. 

GOOD-BREEDING. — (See " Man- 
ners " and " Politeness.") 

Good-breeding is benevolence in 
trifles, or the preference of others to 
ourselves in the daily occurrences of life. 
— Lord Chatham. 

Good-breeding is surface Christianity. 
— O. W. Holmes. 

Good-breeding is the art of showing 
men, by external signs, the internal re- 
gard we have for them. It arises from 
good sense, improved by conversing with 
good company. — Cato. 

One principal point of good-breeding 
is to suit our behavior to the three sev- 
eral degrees of men — our superiors, our 
equals, and those below us. — Swift. 

Nothing can constitute good-breeding 
which has not good nature for its foun- 
dation. — Bulwer. 

Good-breeding is the result of much 
good sense, some good nature, and a 
little self-denial for the sake of others, 
and with a view to obtain the same in- 
dulgence from them. — Chesterfield. 

A man endowed with great perfections, 
without good-breeding, is like one who 
has his pockets full of gold, but always 
wants change for his ordinary occasions. 
— Steele. 

Good-breeding is not confined to ex- 
ternals, much less to any particular dress 
or attitude of the bod}'; it is the art of 
pleasing or contributing as much as pos- 
sible to the ease and happiness of those 
with whom you converse. — Fielding. 

Good qualities are the substantial 
riches of the mind; but it is good-breed- 
ing that sets them off to advantage. — 

The scholar, without good-breeding, is 
a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic; the 
soldier, a brute; and every man dis- 
agreeable. — Chesterfield. 




A man's own good-breeding is the best 
security against other people's ill-man- 
ners. It carries along with it a dignity 
that is respected by the most petulant. 
Ill-breeding invites and authorizes the 
familiarity of the most timid. No man 
ever said a pert thing to the Duke of 
Marlborough. No man ever said a civil 
one to Sir Robert Walpole.— Chester- 

Among well-bred people, a mutual 
deference is affected; contempt of 
others disguised; authority concealed; 
attention given to each in his turn ; and 
an easy stream of conversation main- 
tained, without vehemence, without in- 
terruption, without eagerness for victory, 
and without any airs of superiority.— 

Good-breeding shows itself most, 
where to an ordinary eye it appears the 
least . — Addison. 

Virtue itself often offends, when 
coupled with bad manners.— Middleton. 

The summary of good-breeding may 
be reduced to this rule : " Behave to all 
others as you would they should behave 
to you." — Fielding. 

There are few defects in our nature 
so glaring as not to be veiled from ob- 
servation by politeness and good-breed- 
ing. — Stanislaus. 

The highest point of good-breeding is 
to show a very nice regard to your own 
dignity, and with that in your own heart, 
to express your value for the man above 
you. — Steele. 

One may know a man that never con- 
versed in the world, by his excess of 
good-breeding. — Addison. 

As ceremony is the invention of wise 
men to keep fools at a distance, so good- 
breeding is an expedient to make fools 
and wise men equal. — Steele. 

Wisdom, valor, justice, and learning, 
cannot keep a man in countenance that 
is possessed with these excellencies, if 
he wants that inferior art of life and be- 
haviour, called good breeding. — Steele. 

GOOD HUMOR— (See "Humor") 

Good humor is the health of the soul; 
sadness is its poison. — Stanislaus. 

Honest good humor is the oil and 
wine of a merry meeting, and there is no 
jovial companionship equal to that where 

the jokes are rather small, and the laugh- 
ter abundant. — Washington Irving. 

This portable quality of good humor 
seasons all the parts and occurrences we 
meet with in such a manner that there 
are no moments lost, but they all pass 
with so much satisfaction that the heavi- 
est of loads, when it is a load, that of 
time, is never felt by us. — Steele. 

Some people are commended for a 
giddy kind of good humor, which is no 
more a virtue than drunkenness. — Pope. 

Good humor will sometimes conquer 
ill humor, but ill humor will conquer it 
oftener; and for this plain reason, good 
humor must operate on generosity; ill 
humor on meanness. — Greville. 

GOOD NATURE. — Good nature is 
the very air of a good mind ; the sign of 
a large and generous soul, and the pe- 
culiar soil in which virtue prospers. — 

The current of tenderness widens as 
it proceeds; and two men imperceptibly 
find their hearts filled with good nature 
for each other, when they were at first 
only in pursuit of mirth and relaxation. 
— Goldsmith. 

An inexhaustible good nature is one 
of the most precious gifts of heaven, 
spreading itself like oil over the troubled 
sea of thought, and keeping the mind 
smooth and equable in the roughest 
weather. — Washington Irving. 

Good nature, like a bee, collects honey 
from every herb. Ill nature, like the 
spider, sucks poison from the sweetest 

Good nature is one of the richest 
fruits of true Christianity. — H. W. 

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a 
word which I would fain bring back to 
its original signification of virtue — I 
mean good nature — are of daily use; 
they are the bread of mankind and the 
staff of life. — Dry den. 

Good nature is the beauty of the 
mind, and like personal beauty, wins al- 
most without anything else — sometimes, 
indeed, in spite of positive deficiencies. 
— Hanway. 

A shrewd observer once said, that in 
walking the streets of a slippery morn- 
ing, one might see where the good na- 
tured people lived, by the ashes thrown 




on the ice before the doors. — Franklin. 

Good nature is stronger than toma- 
hawks. — Emerson. 

Good nature is more agreeable in con- 
versation than wit, and gives a certain 
air to the countenance which is more 
amiable than beauty. — It shows virtue in 
the fairest light; takes off, in some meas- 
ure, from the deformity of vice; and 
makes even folly and impertinence sup- 
portable. — Addison. 

Good nature is often a mere matter of 
health. — With good digestion we are apt 
to be good natured; with bad digestion, 
morose. — H. W. Beecher. 

Good sense and good nature are never 
separated; and good nature is the prod- 
uct of right reason. — It makes allowance 
for the failings of others by considering 
that there is nothing perfect in mankind ; 
and by distinguishing that which comes 
nearest to excellence, though not abso- 
lutely free from faults, will certainly 
produce candor in judging. — Dryden. 

GOODNESS.— (See "Beneficence.") 

There are two perfectly good men; 
one dead, and the other unborn. — Chi- 
nese Proverb. 

Be not merely good; be good for 
something. — Thoreau. 

In nothing do men approach so nearly 
to the gods as in doing good to men. — 

There may be a certain pleasure in 
vice, but there is a higher in purity and 
virtue. — The most commanding of all de- 
lights is the delight in goodness. — The 
beauty of holiness is but one beauty, but 
it is the highest. — It is the loss of the 
sense of sin and shame that destroys 
both men and states. — Independent. 

He that is a good man, is three quar- 
ters of his way toward the being a good 
Christian, wheresoever he lives, or what- 
soever he is called. — South. 

We may be as good as we please, if 
we please to be good. — Barrow. 

Real goodness does not attach itself 
merely to this life — it points to another 
world. Political or professional reputa- 
tion cannot last forever, but a conscience 
void of offence before God and man is 
an inheritance for eternity. — Daniel 

We can do more good by being good 

than in any other way. — Rowland Hill. 
If there be a divine providence, no 
good man need be afraid to do right; he 
will only fear to do wrong. — Haygood. 

To be doing good is man's most glori- 
ous task. — Sophocles. 

To be good, we must do good; and by 
doing good we take a sure means of 
being good, as the use and exercise of 
the muscles increase their power. — Tryon 

It is a law of our humanity, that man 
must know good through evil. — No great 
principle ever triumphed but through 
much evil. — No man ever progressed to 
greatness and goodness but through great 
mistakes. — F. W. Robertson. 

By desiring what is perfectly good, 
even when we do not quite know what 
it is, and cannot do what we would, we 
are part of the divine power against 
evil, widening the skirts of light and 
making the struggle with darkness nar- 
rower. — George Eliot. 

Let a man be never so ungrateful or 
inhuman, he shall never destroy the satis- 
faction of my having done a good office. 
— Seneca. 

The good are heaven's peculiar care. 
— Ovid. 

All the fame which ever cheated hu- 
manity into higher notions of its own 
importance would never weigh in my 
mind against the pure and pious interest 
which a virtuous being may be pleased 
to take in my welfare. — Byron. 

He who loves goodness harbors angels, 
reveres reverence, and lives with God. 
— Emerson. 

He is good that does good to others. 
If he suffers for the good he does, he is 
better still; and if he suffers from them 
to whom he did good, he has arrived to 
that height of goodness that nothing but 
an increase of his sufferings can add to 
it; if it proves his death, his virtue is 
at its summit; it is heroism complete. — 

I have known some men possessed of 
good qualities which were very service- 
able to others, but useless to' themselves; 
like a sun-dial on the front of a house, 
to inform and benefit the neighbors and 
passengers, but not the owner within. — 

He that does good to another, does 




also good to himself; not only in the 
consequence, but in the very act of do- 
ing it; for the consciousness of well- 
doing is an ample reward. — Seneca. 

A good man is kinder to his enemy 
than bad men to their friends. — Bp. Hall. 

The good for virtue's sake abhor to 
sin. — Horace. 

Never did any soul do good, but it 
came readier to do the same again, with 
more enjoyment. Never was love, or 
gratitude, or bounty practised but with 
increasing joy, which made the practiser 
still more in love with the fair act. — 

A good man is influenced by God 
himself, and has a kind of divinity 
within him; so it may be a question 
whether he goes to heaven, or heaven 
comes to him. — Seneca. 

The best portion of a good man's life 
is his little, nameless, unremembered acts 
of kindness and of love. — Wordsworth. 

Experience has convinced me that 
there is a thousand times more goodness, 
wisdom, and love in the world than 
men imagine. — Gehles. 

Nothing can make a man truly great 
but being truly good and partaking of 
God's holiness. — M. Henry. 

It is only great souls that know how 
much glory there is in being good. — 

How far that little candle throws his 
beams! so shines a good deed in a 
naughty world. — Shakespeare. 

In the heraldry of heaven goodness 
precedes greatness, and so on earth it is 
more powerful. — The lowly and lovely 
may often do more good in their limited 
sphere than the gifted. — Bp. Home. 

Beautiful is the activity which works 
for good, and beautiful the stillness 
which waits for good; blessed the self- 
sacrifice of one, and blessed the self- 
forgetfulness of the other. — Collyer. 

Goodness consists not in the outward 
things we do, but in the inward thing 
we are. — To be good is the great thing. 
— E. H. Chapin. 

A good man doubles the length of his 
existence; to have lived so as to look 
back with pleasure on our past life is to 
live twice. — Martial. 

The soul is strong that trusts in good- 
ness. — Massinger. 

You are not very good if you are not 
better than your best friends imagine 
you to be. — Lavater. 

We must first be made good, before 
we can do good; we must first be made 
just, before our works can please God — 
for when we are justified by faith in 
Christ, then come good works. — Latimer. 

A good deed is never lost. — He who 
sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who 
plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure 
bestowed upon a grateful mind was never 
sterile, but generally gratitude begets re- 
ward. — Basil. 

It seems to me it is only noble to be 
good. — Kind hearts are more than coro- 
nets. — Tennyson. 

There never was law, or sect, or opin- 
ion did so much magnify goodness as 
the Christian religion doth. — Bacon. 

As I know more of mankind I expect 
less of them, and am ready to call a 
man a good man upon easier terms than 
I was formerly. — Johnson. 

To love the public, to study universal 
good, and to promote the interest of the 
whole world, as far as it lies in our 
power, is the height of goodness, and 
makes that temper which we call divine. 
— Shaftesbury. 

Goodness is love in action, love with 
its hand to the plow, love with the bur- 
den on its back, love following his foot- 
steps who went about continually doing 
good. — /. Hamilton. 

He is a good man whose intimate 
friends are all good, and whose enemies 
are decidedly bad. — Lavater. 

Of all virtues and dignities of the 
mind, goodness is the greatest, being 
the character of the Deity; and without 
it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched 
thing. — Bacon. 

Your actions, in passing, pass not 
away, for every good work is a grain 
of seed for eternal life. — Bernard. 

His daily prayer, far better understood 
in acts than in words, was simply doing 
good. — Whittier. 

Live for something. — Do good, and 
leave behind you a monument of virtue 
that the storms of time can never de- 
stroy. — Write your name in kindness, 
love, and mercy on the hearts of thou- 




sands you come in contact with year by 
year, and you will never be forgotten. — 
Your name and your good deeds will 
shine as the stars of heaven. — Chalmers. 

That is good which doth good. — Ven- 

Do all the good you can, in all the 
ways you can, to all the souls you can, 
in every place you can, at all the times 
you can, with all the zeal you can, as 
long as ever you can. — J. Wesley. 

Whatever mitigates the woes, or in- 
creases the happiness of others, is a just 
criterion of goodness; and whatever in- 
jures society at large, or any individual 
in it, is a criterion of iniquity. — Gold- 

Nothing is rarer than real goodness. — 


Goodness thinks no ill where no ill 
seems. — Milton. 

To an honest mind, the best perqui- 
sites of a place are the advantages it 
gives for doing good. — Addison. 

GOOD SENSE. — (See " Common 

GOSPEL. — My heart has always as- 
sured and reassured me that the gospel 
of Christ must be a Divine reality. — 
The sermon on the mount cannot be 
merely a human production. — This belief 
enters into the very depth of my con- 
science. — The whole history of man 
proves it. — Daniel Webster. 

All the gospels, in my judgment, date 
back to the first century, and are sub- 
stantially by the authors to whom they 
are attributed. — Renan. 

The shifting systems of false religion 
are continually changing their places; 
but the gospel of Christ is the same 
forever. While other false lights are ex- 
tinguished, this true light ever shineth. — 
T. L. Cuyler. 

So comprehensive are the doctrines of 
the gospel, that they involve all moral 
truth known by man; so extensive are 
the precepts, that they require every vir- 
tue, and forbid every sin. Nothing has 
been added, either by the labors of phi- 
losophy or the progress of human knowl- 

Did you ever notice that while the 
gospel sets before us a higher and more 
blessed heaven than any other religion, 

its hell is also deeper and darker than 
any other? — Warren. 

I search in vain in history to find the 
similar to Jesus Christ, or anything 
which can approach the gospel. — Neither 
history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor 
nature, offer me anything with which I 
am able to compare or explain it. — 
There is nothing there which is not be- 
yond the march of events and above the 
human mind. — What happiness it gives 
to those who believe it! What marvels 
there which those admire who reflect 
upon it! — Napoleon. 

God writes the gospel not in the 
Bible alone, but on trees, and flowers, 
and clouds, and stars. — Luther. 

The gospel is the fulfillment of all 
hopes, the perfection of all philosophy, 
the interpreter of all revelations, and a 
key to all the seeming contradictions of 
truth in the physical and moral world. — 
Hugh Miller. 

We can learn nothing of the gospel 
except by feeling its truths. There are 
some sciences that may be learned by 
the head, but the science of Christ cruci- 
fied can only be learned by the heart. — 

The gospel in all its doctrines and 
duties appears infinitely superior to any 
human composition. — It has no mark of 
human ignorance, imperfection, or sin- 
fulness, but bears the signature of divine 
wisdom, authority, and importance, and 
is most worthy of the supreme attention 
and regard of all intelligent creatures. — 

There is not a book on earth so fa- 
vorable to all the kind and to all the 
sublime affections, or so unfriendly to 
hatred, persecution, tyramry, injustice, 
and every sort of malevolence as the 
gospel. — It breathes, throughout, only 
mercy, benevolence, and peace. — Beattie. 
GOSSIP.— (See "Tattling.") 
Gossip has been well defined as put- 
ting two and two together, and making 
it five. 

I hold it to be a fact, that if all per- 
sons knew what each said of the other, 
there would not be four friends in the 
world. — Pascal. 

News-hunters have great leisure, with 
little thought; much petty ambition to 
be thought intelligent, without any 
other pretension than being able to com- 




municate what they have just learned. — 

When of a gossipping circle it was 
asked " What are they doing? " the an- 
swer was, " Swapping lies." 

There is a set of malicious, prating, 
prudent gossips, both male and female, 
who murder characters to kill time; and 
will rob a young fellow of his good name 
before he has years to know the value 
of it. — Sheridan. 

Fire and sword are but slow engines 
of destruction in comparison with the 
babbler. — Steele. 

Truth is not exciting enough to those 
who depend on the characters and lives 
of their neighbors for all their amuse- 
ment. — Bancrojt. 

An empty brain and a tattling tongue 
are very apt to go together; the most 
silly and trivial items of news or scandal 
fill the former and are retailed by the 

Gossip, pretending to have the eyes of 
an Argus, has all the blindness of a bat. 
— Ouida. 

In private life I never knew any one 
interfere with other people's disputes but 
that he heartily repented of it. — Carlyle. 

Let the greatest part of the news thou 
hearest be the least part of what thou 
believest, lest the greatest part of what 
thou believest be the least part of what 
is true. Where lies are easily admitted, 
the father of lies will not easily be kept 
out. — Quarles. 

Gossip is the henchman of rumor and 
scandal . — Feuille t . 

Gossip is always a personal confession 
either of malice or imbecility, and the 
young should not only shun it, but by 
the most thorough culture relieve them- 
selves from all temptation to it. — It is 
a low, frivolous, and too often a dirty 
business. — J. G. Holland. 

Tale bearers are just as bad as tale 
makers. — Sheridan. 

Narrow-minded and ignorant persons 
talk about persons and not things; hence 
gossip is the bane and disgrace of so 
large a portion of society. 

As to people saying a few idle words 
about us, we must not mind that any 
more than the old church steeple minds 
the rooks cawing about it. — George 

GOVERNMENT.— (See "Statesman- 

They fhat govern most make least 
noise. In rowing a barge, they that do 
drudgery work, slash, puff, and sweat; 
but he that governs, sits quietly at the 
stern, and scarce is seen to stir. — Selden. 

No matter what theoiy of the origin 
of government you adopt, if you follow 
it out to its legitimate conclusions it will 
bring you face to face with the moral 
law. — H. J. Van Dyke. 

The less government we have the bet- 
ter — the fewer laws and the less confided 
power. The antidote to this abuse of 
formal government is the influence of 
private character, the growth of the in- 
dividual. — Emerson. 

Men well governed should seek after 
no other liberty, for there can be no 
greater liberty than a good government. 
— Sir W. Raleigh. 

When men put their trust in God and 
in knowledge, the government of the 
majority is, in the end, the government 
of the wise and good. — Spalding. 

While just government protects all in 
their religious rites, true religion affords 
government its surest support. — Wash- 

The best of all governments is that 
which teaches us to govern ourselves. — 

No government ought to exist for the 
purpose of checking the prosperity of its 
people or to allow such a principle in 
its policy. — Burke. 

The less of government the better, if 
society be kept in peace and prosperity. 
— Channing. 

That is the most perfect government 
under which a wrong to the humblest is 
an affront to all. — Solon. 

Government is not mere advice ; it is 
authority, with power to enforce its laws. 
— Washington. 

The principal foundation of all states 
is in good laws and good arms. — Machia- 

The punishment suffered by the wise 
who refuse to take part in the govern- 
ment, is to live under the government 
of bad men. — Plato. 

Government is only a necessary evil, 
like other go-carts and crutches. — Our 




need of it shows exactly how far we are 
still children. — All overmuch governing 
kills the self-help and energy of the 
governed. — Wendell Phillips. 

A man must first govern himself ere 
he is fit to govern a family ; and his fam- 
ily ere he be fit to bear the government 
of the commonwealth. — Sir W. Raleigh. 

In all governments, there must of ne- 
cessity be both the law and the sword; 
laws without arms would give us not 
liberty, but licentiousness; and arms 
without laws would produce not subjec- 
tion, but slavery. — Colton. 

The proper function of a government 
is to make it easy for the people to do 
good, and difficult for them to do evil. 
— Gladstone. 

A king may be a tool, a thing of 
straw; but if he serves to frighten our 
enemies, and secure our property, it is 
well enough; a scarecrow is a thing of 
straw, but it protects the corn. — Pope. 

It is a dangerous thing to try new ex- 
periments in a government; men do not 
foresee the ill consequences that must 
happen, when they seek to alter the es- 
sential parts of it upon which the whole 
frame depends; for all governments are 
artificial things, and every part of them 
has a dependence one upon another. 

It is an easy work to govern wise 
men, but to govern fools or madmen, a 
continual slavery. It is from the blind 
zeal and stupidity cleaving to supersti- 
tion, it is from the ignorance, rashness, 
and rage attending faction, that so many 
mad and sanguinary evils have destroyed 
men, dissolved the best governments, 
and thinned the greatest nations. — Col- 

Other things being equal, that is the 
best government which most liberally 
lets its subject or citizen alone. — 
Through the whole range of authority 
he governs best who governs least. — A. 

Refined policy ever has been the par- 
ent of confusion, and ever will be so, 
as long as the world endures. Plain good 
intention, which is as easily discovered 
at the first view as fraud is surely de- 
tected at last, is of no mean force in 
the government of mankind. Genuine 
simplicity of heart is a healing and ce- 
menting principle. — Burke. 

The repose of nations cannot be secure 
without arms; armies cannot be main- 
tained without pay; nor can the pay be 
produced except by taxes. — Tacitus. 

The surest way to prevent seditions is 
to take away the matter of them; for 
if there be fuel prepared, it is hard to 
tell whence the spark shall come that 
shall set it on fire. — Bacon. 

It is necessary for a senator to be 
thoroughly acquainted with the constitu- 
tion ; and this is a knowledge of the most 
extensive nature; a matter of science, 
of diligence, of reflection, without which 
no senator can possibly be fit for his 
office . — Cicero . 

He who forms the mind of a prince, 
and implants in him good principles, may 
see the precepts he had inculcated ex- 
tend through a large portion of his sub- 
jects. — Antigonus. 

This nation, under God, shall have a 
new birth of freedom, that government 
of the people, by the people, for the 
people, shall not perish from the earth. 
— Abraham Lincoln. 

Politics resemble religion; attempting 
to divest either of ceremony is the most 
certain method of bringing either into 
contempt. The weak must have their 
inducements to admiration as well as 
the wise ; and it is the business of a 
sensible government to impress all ranks 
with a sense of subordination, whether 
this be effected by a diamond, or a vir- 
tuous edict, a sumptuary law, or a glass 
necklace. — Goldsmith. 

God demands of those who manage 
the affairs of government that they 
should be courageously true to the in- 
terests of the people, and the Ruler of 
the universe will require of them a strict 
account of their stewardship. — Grover 

Government is a contrivance of human 
wisdom to provide for human wants. — 

No government can be free that does 
not allow all its citizens to participate 
in the formation and execution of her 
laws— Every other government is a 
despotism. — Thaddeus Stevens. 

Of all governments, that of the mob 
is the most sanguinary; that of soldiers 
the most expensive ; and that of civilians 
the most vexatious. — Colton. 




The culminating point of administra- 
tion is to know well how much power, 
great or small, we ought to use in all 
circumstances. — Montesquieu. 

Society cannot exist unless a control- 
ling power upon will and appetite be 
placed somewhere; and the less of it 
there is within, the more there must be 
without. — It is ordained in the eternal 
constitution of things, that men of in- 
temperate minds cannot be free. — Their 
passions forge their fetters. — Burke. 

The world is governed by three things 
— wisdom, authority, and appearance. 
Wisdom for thoughtful people, authority 
for rough people, and appearances for 
the great mass of superficial people who 
can look only at the outside. 

Government owes its birth to the ne- 
cessity of preventing and repressing the 
injuries which associated individuals 
have to fear from one another. — It is 
the sentinel who watches, in order that 
the common laborer be not disturbed. — 

It is to self-government, the great 
principle of popular representation and 
administration, the system that lets in 
all to participafe in its counsels, that we 
owe what we are, and what we hope to 
be. —